Schrader GIII Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
The Schrader GIII is always a standout in our portfolio because the unique soil structure of the Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard consistently provides a distinctive bright red fruit character. Beautifully aromatic, the Schrader GIII reveals a melange of bramble fruits and blueberries mixed with graphite notes and sweet spice. This wine truly wraps the senses and delivers an abundance of fruit to the palate that carries through to a round, satisfying finish.
Spring of 2017 was one of the largest winter rainfall totals we have experienced in recent years. Fortunately, once flowering started, the rains held off and allowed for optimal fruit set and prepared the clusters for even fruit ripening. Veraison finished at the end of August and the vines were positioned for success. Due to a combination of natural phenomena, the yields in 2017 are slightly lower and nearly matched to those that we produced in 2016 and 2015. This lower than average yield allowed for greater concentration on the vine providing the wines with more depth of character and rich complexity.
Rated 94-96 A barrel sample, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon GIII is deep purple-black in color and opens with wild blueberries, black raspberries and dried herbs with hints of dusty soil and black pepper. The palate is full-bodied, concentrated and firm with nice purity and freshness, finishing long.
— Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate