Sourced from the very same vineyards of Schrader’s $400 bottling, with the same winemaker in superstar Thomas Rivers Brown, this is a ridiculous “super second” that delivers a huge punch as well as one heck of a value. The only difference is unlike the $400 Schrader which sees 100% new French oak for 18 months, this only sees 50% new french oak and the other used barrels, which only means this has slightly less shelf life and is drinking much better at the moment. If you’re telling me for $70/btl this can only be aged for two decades and not four, I’d file that as oh well– give me 4 of the cheaper one and I’ll pocket the extra $100.
Still despite the less heavy oak regiment, this one managed to be named a Cellar Selection by Wine Enthusiast and it’s easy to see why. This is a dark silky Cabernet with a considerable punch in the mid-palate and really nice spice and bramble notes. It’s a beauty and less than ⅕ of the price of Schrader’s other bottlings.
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95 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
Readers looking to get a taste of the impeccable quality and style from Schrader at a more affordable price point would do well to check out the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Double Diamond. Coming all from Oakville, it has a classic Cabernet nose of black and blue fruits, green tobacco, cedar pencil, damp earth, and chocolate. It’s not over the top and has beautiful varietal character as well as medium to full body, ripe yet present tannins, good overall freshness, and a great finish. This is beautifully done and well worth a case purchase. I’d lean toward drinking bottles over the coming 10-12 years, but I certainly wouldn’t be surprised to see it evolve longer. It’s a candidate for the best Napa Cabernet under $100.
94 Points (Cellar Selection), Wine Enthusiast
A Schrader-related wine made by Thomas Rivers Brown, this 100% varietal wine is a showcase of the appellation, wide in appeal and bold, ripe red fruit. Sage, tar, cedar and pencil provide varietal complexity and contrast to the fruit; the tannin’s are integrated yet still grippy. Enjoy best from 2028–2038.