Like our benchmark Schrader Cellars Cabernets, Double Diamond, crafted by acclaimed winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown, carries on the tradition of earning critical acclaim and drawing passionate fans the world-over, using the finest techniques and natural resources available.
THE ORIGIN OF DOUBLE DIAMOND
In 2001, Fred Schrader created Double Diamond as part of his continuing quest to make the best Cabernet Sauvignon that Napa Valley can offer. With the help of acclaimed winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown, this unique expression of the region carries on the tradition of earning critical acclaim and drawing passionate fans that Fred began in 1998 with Schrader Cellars. After a three-year hiatus, Double Diamond returned by popular demand in 2018.
Thomas Rivers Brown followed his interest in winemaking to Napa Valley and was working at a wine shop when he first met Fred Schrader. After a few glasses of wine and a brief but life-changing conversation, Fred knew Thomas was the perfect choice to be his new winemaker, even though Thomas had never made a single barrel of Cabernet Sauvignon. Nineteen years later, Thomas’s dedication to excellence has helped lead Schrader Cellars to an unprecedented record of thirty-five 100-point scores from the world’s most respected critics.
Carol Schrader created her first label for Schrader Cellars in 2003. Her unwavering commitment to quality was an ideal match for Fred and Thomas, and soon she became an integral part of the brand. Additionally, her designs have graced Double Diamond bottles since the beginning, evolving over the years. Her striking design for the 2016 Double Diamond Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon combines the heritage of the essential wine mark with a dynamic, modern aesthetic and a bold vision for the future.
*Previous vintages are no longer available for purchase.
Lush and abundant with perfectly balanced layers of purple and and black fruit, dark chocolate and exotic spice, this is a truly spectacular vintage of our beloved Double Diamond Cabernet Sauvignon. Sure to keep your friends and family coming back for more, this is the darling of our portfolio and is ready to enjoy upon release.
The 2016 vintage of Double Diamond opens with layered, intriguing aromas of black currants, dark cherries, blackberry, cherry compote, toast, and oak spice with notes of herbs, pine cone, and dried earth. In the mouth, the palate is rich and juicy, bursting with big, rich flavor. The tannin structure makes this a great wine to enjoy upon release, but it will also mellow nicely for the next two to six years.
Our 2018 Double Diamond Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted by winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown in the Schrader Cellars tradition of making the best Cabernet Sauvignon that Napa Valley can offer. A unique expression of the Oakville AVA with harmonious integration of decadent fruit, refined structure, and silky tannins, the 2018 vintage of Double Diamond is ready to enjoy now and will continue to evolve over the next 3-5 years.
95 JD | 94 JS | 91 WA | 91 WS