98 Points Parker - limited Limited new release from Schrader Cellars. 96 Points Robert Parker: "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon RBS is made from the same clone (337) as the Georges III, but comes from the To Kalon Vineyard in Oakville and not the Rutherford Georges III. This was aged in 85% new Darnajou and 15% new Taransaud. It has fabulous concentration, notes of incense, licorice, blackcurrants, blackberries, as well as spring flowers. The wine is juicy, savory and full-bodied, with wonderful underlying energy and freshness. This wine is a more forward style than we saw with the 2013s, and is best drunk over the next 16-20 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.
Great wine. Took 30 minutes to open up.
Great wine. Took 30 minutes to open up.9.6
We had the 2014 Vintage on 7/24/20. Just a terrific wine with tastes of plum, blackberry, licorice and a touch of oak. Later on, the bouquet acquired some cigar box scent. Full bodied wine; fruit forward, well balanced. Delicious
We had the 2014 Vintage on 7/24/20. Just a terrific wine with tastes of plum, blackberry, licorice and a touch of oak. Later on, the bouquet acquired some cigar box scent. Full bodied wine; fruit forward, well balanced. Delicious9.6
Happy Easter!! This was amazing with Ribeye steaks, grilled cauliflower and roasted potatoes! The wine had hints of Cola, dark berries, plum and mocha.. the lingering finish was epic!
Happy Easter!! This was amazing with Ribeye steaks, grilled cauliflower and roasted potatoes! The wine had hints of Cola, dark berries, plum and mocha.. the lingering finish was epic!9.7
No doubt a baby but on her way to greatness
No doubt a baby but on her way to greatness9.4
Usually my favorite Schrader. The 14's may age better that the 13's. Decant.
Usually my favorite Schrader. The 14's may age better that the 13's. Decant.8.9
Tough to beat Schrader
Tough to beat Schrader9.9