2012 Schrader Cellars Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, USA (750 ml)
"Nearly as prodigious is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer to Kalon Vineyard, which is Clone 4 and Clone 6 blended together from the Beckstoffer to Kalon Vineyard, this is the highest in alcohol of the 2012s at 14.6%. It was aged in a combination of 50% new Darnajou and 50% new Taransaud barrels. This wine is one of the tighter, more backward of the 2012s, with more structure, tannin, muscle, a masculine personality, oodles of black and blue fruits and a massive mouthfeel, but is somehow much more primary and younger tasting than the other wines. Forget it for a few years and drink it over the following 20-25 years." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 98 pts
"Very tight, with a beam of spice-laced blackberry, currant, dried herb and jazzy oak. The laser focus is most evident on the finish, which slowly unravels to highlight this wine's density, elegance and grace. The flavors reverberate in the end. Best from 2017 through 2023. 200 cases made." Wine Spectator, 96 pts
Schrader Cabernet Sauvignon, our flagship wine, is a compelling exploration of the trio of Cabernet clones from the Beckstoffer To Kalon vineyard. This massive and dense wine provides enthralling notes of dark berries, especially blackberry and blackcurrant. With complex structure and concentration, the prodigious weight and character commands attention. Balancing out the ripe fruit characteristics of this wine with firm, grippy tannins, the 2012 Schrader is a tower of Cabernet power that continues to show a profound level of flavor.
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