Schrader Cellars T6 Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

$279.99

100 Points Parker - limited                                 Limited new release from Schrader Cellars. 95 Points Robert Parker:  "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard T6, which is from Clone 6 in a different block of Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, is aged in 86% new Darnajou and 14% new Taransaud. This wine is not terribly different, but Clone 6 is believed to be old Bordeaux clones brought over to Napa Valley and propagated. The wine has terrific fruit intensity, blackcurrants, blackberry, licorice, creosote and espresso roast. Deep, full-bodied, powerful and rich, this, again, shows the vintage’s voluptuous texture, full-bodied power and richness... ...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

Shay A Delectable Pro

July 4th Friday was a total blowout! Killer bottles one after another. Here are just a few of the bottles we all enjoyed! On a table next to an ‘08 To-Kalon and ‘11 Old Sparky, the highlight here was the amount of sweet ripe fruit that seemed crazy light and nimble. Rich mixed berry pie, nutmeg, espresso and sandalwood on the nose with more dark fruit and dark chocolate on the palate. Very energetic.

July 4th Friday was a total blowout! Killer bottles one after another. Here are just a few of the bottles we all enjoyed! On a table next to an ‘08 To-Kalon and ‘11 Old Sparky, the highlight here was the amount of sweet ripe fruit that seemed crazy light and nimble. Rich mixed berry pie, nutmeg, espresso and sandalwood on the nose with more dark fruit and dark chocolate on the palate. Very energetic.

9.6

James Forsyth Delectable Pro

Blueberry jam, blackberry jam, mocha, espresso, Christmas spices. Sort of amazing but also much too much of everything. Super dense. Maybe one adds water? Joke. Sort of.

Blueberry jam, blackberry jam, mocha, espresso, Christmas spices. Sort of amazing but also much too much of everything. Super dense. Maybe one adds water? Joke. Sort of.

9.3

Greg Gregory Delectable Pro

Drink now.

Drink now.

9.1

Andrew Holloway Delectable Pro

Great

Great

9.6

Jenny Hemmer Delectable Pro

Tart cherry & plums, toasted butterscotch, beautifully soft tannins

Tart cherry & plums, toasted butterscotch, beautifully soft tannins

9.4

Eric LaMasters

Truly amazing!

Truly amazing!

9.7

Reuben Kopel

Delicious jam.

Delicious jam.

9.4

Billy L.

PNP Excellent right now! RP Note

PNP Excellent right now! RP Note

9.5

Kimberly Anderson

Aromas of black cherry, plum, leather. Super complex nose. This wine has a lot going on. Dark chocolate, anise, dark fruit. Firm tannins with a dusty dry finish

Aromas of black cherry, plum, leather. Super complex nose. This wine has a lot going on. Dark chocolate, anise, dark fruit. Firm tannins with a dusty dry finish

9.4

Warren Grossman

A powerhouse, highly focused, improved in glass, lively fruit, notes of chocolate and tobacco.

A powerhouse, highly focused, improved in glass, lively fruit, notes of chocolate and tobacco.

9.6

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