Schrader Cellars CCS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

$425

100 Points Parker - limited                                 Limited new release from Schrader Cellars. 98 Points Robert Parker:  "Another one of my favorites is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon CCS, which is clone 4 from the To Kalon Vineyard in Oakville. This is aged in 100% new Darnajou and is one of the larger cuvées at 510 cases. Wonderfully sweet, velvety tannins, a big sweet nose of white flowers, blackberry and cassis along with cedar wood, charcoal and graphite are all present in this full-bodied opulent wine that also retains wonderful elegance. It finished at 14.6% alcohol and will drink beautifully now as well as over the next 15-20 years..... The Schraders, working with well-known winemaking consultant Thomas Rivers Brown, continue to farm and produce some of the world’s greatest Cabernet Sauvignons from three fabulous Beckstoffer-owned vineyards: the To Kalon Vineyard in Oakville, the Georges III Vineyard in Rutherford and the Las Piedras Vineyard in St. Helena. To Kalon is gravelly, eluvial, loamy soils; Georges III Vineyard is an old creek bed; and Las Piedras Vineyard in St. Helena is planted on old river rock and gravelly loam. All of these blocks utilized for Schrader’s wines encompass over 25+ acres and are custom-farmed – as Fred Schrader likes to say, essentially “virtual vineyards,” even though they’re not owned by the Schraders. Their initial focus, which has proven so successful, is essentially a microscopic study of different clones planted in different blocks with exactly the same philosophy of viticulture, harvesting, winemaking, élevage and bottling. Production of all the 2012s, which was a slightly more generous and later harvest than 2013 with bigger berries, ranges from 200 cases for the Old Sparky and Georges III, to 520 for the CCS, 420 for the T6, 625 for the RBS, 370 for the Schrader, 620 for the LPV and 100 cases for the newest baby, the Colesworthy, which is a selection of the best barrels of their Las Piedras offering. Some of the other characteristics of these wines are that they all spend about 20 months in barrel, but the percentages of new Darnajou and new Taransaud varied from cuvée to cuvée, although the CCS is 100% new Darnajou, as are the Old Sparky and the Colesworthy. Finished alcohol on the 2012s is in line with other vintages, at 14.4%-14.6%. And in 2013, virtually identical numbers of 14.4%-14.6% were achieved. The consistency and the analytical aspects of the wines is mirrored in the incredible quality that Schrader has produced.                                                 

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Ratings on Delectable

Roy Goble Delectable Pro

Spectacular

Spectacular

9.8

Craig Stanfield Delectable Pro

Gorgeous immediately on opening. I’ve only had a couple of Schraders over the years before recently getting an allocation. But this has the same hallmarks of the 2008 and 2010 I’ve had. Remarkable.

Gorgeous immediately on opening. I’ve only had a couple of Schraders over the years before recently getting an allocation. But this has the same hallmarks of the 2008 and 2010 I’ve had. Remarkable.

10

Daniel Taub

Needed time. For sure.

Needed time. For sure.

9.4

leon egozi

Maybe an off bottle. Very disappointing. The nose was off. Everything was off.

Maybe an off bottle. Very disappointing. The nose was off. Everything was off.

8.9

Justin Wittkopf

It’s ok. Not my favorite. Last place tonight.

It’s ok. Not my favorite. Last place tonight.

9.1

V M

Twas the night of Thanksgiving and the kids are asleep so Dad and Mom bust out some Schrader. This 2014 CCS has a beautiful nose of honey suckle and blueberry cobbler. Body is velvety smooth (I see no reason to age this) but showcases gorgeous fruit. Vanilla, blueberry, and cedar on the palate. Silly smooth texture is what makes this wine so special

Twas the night of Thanksgiving and the kids are asleep so Dad and Mom bust out some Schrader. This 2014 CCS has a beautiful nose of honey suckle and blueberry cobbler. Body is velvety smooth (I see no reason to age this) but showcases gorgeous fruit. Vanilla, blueberry, and cedar on the palate. Silly smooth texture is what makes this wine so special

9.9

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