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Alban Syrah 2010 Reva Vineyard Edna Valley San Luis Obispo

Wine Rating:  RP=94-96
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Henschke Shiraz 2012 Mount Edelstone Eden Valley South Australia

Wine Rating:  JH=98
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Linne Calodo Zinfandel 2012 "Cherry Red" Paso Robles

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Littorai Pinot Noir 2012 Hirsch Vineyard Sonoma Coast

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Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 "Hillside Select" Stags Leap District Napa Valley

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Schrader 2012 “RBS” Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

The accolades keep rolling in for the Schrader wine team. With all of their 2012 To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon wines scoring 95 points and above from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and with the Wine Spectator having scored the Schrader Cabernets at their highest level for Cabernet for eight consecutive years, it can be said that Schrader Cellars has certainly reached the top of the Napa Valley wine mountain.

Since the fortuitous day back in 2000, that Fred Schrader discovered the Beckstoffer To-Kalon vineyard and literally rushed to secure some grapes for his fledgling winery, Schrader Cellars has never looked back. Of course you need a talented winemaker to turn these grape jewels into wine, and that’s where Schrader made his second great decision: to hire Thomas Brown as winemaker.

Brown solidified the Schrader Cabernet style, which is a lush fruit-forward character, with backbone and structure that gives the wines a concentrated finish. The different clones that Schrader and Brown use in the four Beckstoffer To Kalon “experiments” (labeled as RBS, CCS, T6, and simply Beckstoffer To-Kalon) give off unique notes and flavors that add to the complexity of the Cabernets and shows the value of focusing on grapes grown in select blocks on the same vineyard.

The Beckstoffer To Kalon vineyard is a story in itself, a true California first growth, if there ever was one. Originally planted by pioneer Hamilton Crabb in 1868, To Kalon, meaning highest beauty in Greek, is a noble “first growth” estate in Oakville that has established itself as the preeminent source of Napa Valley’s finest grapes. The vineyard is defined by its high mineral content, exceptional drainage, and offers optimal north-south sun exposure by day with cool coastal breezes at night that, based on the outstanding results from Schrader and many others, is the optimal environment for growing Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley.

Here is what Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate had to say about the Schrader 2012 “RBS” Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon:

98 POINTS ROBERT PARKER’S WINE ADVOCATE: “The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard RBS, which is also from Clone 337 but from different blocks on the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, saw oak with 90% new Darnajou and 10% new Taransaud. This wine seems slightly more expansive, shares the black ruby/purple color with all of it siblings, and has a boatload of crème de cassis, incense, licorice, graphite and vanilla along with plenty of spice box and forest floor. This is a killer, full-bodied, super-duper, opulent Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 20 years.”



Wine Rating Legend

RP = Robert Parker WS = Wine Spectator JH = James Haliday ST = Stephan Tanzer AG = Antonio Galloni