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Author: Robert Parker
The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon CCS, fashioned from clones 4 and 337, included for the first time some fruit from the Las Piedres vineyard as well as from the Beckstoffer To-Kalon vineyard. It was aged 20 months in 100% Darnajou barrels and finished at the same alcohol level of 14.5 %. With a dense, purple color that is opaque to the rim, it offers up notes of incense, camphor, toast, black currants and blackberry. This deep, opulent fleshy and forward style of wine seems to have hit full maturity relatively early and has sensational texture, purity and a finish of close to 50 seconds. This is a spectacular wine that should drink well for 15-20 more years.
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Author: James Laube
Reveals its depth and complexity in spades, with an initial push of ripe currant, black cherry, blackberry and mocha-laced oak. Intense and concentrated, yet sleek and vibrant, with a tremendous aftertaste that's tight, focused and refined. 175 cases made.
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 02/13/2010
A very good, but not really exceptional high-end Napa cab. I love the big (and expensive) plush Napa style, and this is a good example. Grape and red fruit notes, but a bit of a burn on the finish. This was my first bottle of Schrader (this stuff is tough to find and expensive!) and I liked it a lot, but I think part of it's mystique might be due to its rarity. I think Caymus is making wines that are just as good and a lot easier to find.
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