2002 Schrader - Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Original To-Kalon Vineyard 750ml

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2002 Schrader - Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Original To-Kalon Vineyard

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International Wine Cellar | 94

($75) Good saturated ruby. Roasted black fruits on the nose. Superripe, fat and dense; broader but not sweeter than the RBS bottling, which is from Clone 337 (this is mostly Clone 4). Blacker in character than the RBS. Very ripe but youthfully closed. Finishes with huge, toothdusting tannins and terrific length. This will need at least four to six years of additional bottle aging. Winemaker Brown considers 2002 a more muscular vintage for cabernet than 2003, which he describes as rounder and fleshier. "The 2003s will be better young, but the 2002s will be superior in the long run," he maintains.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Wine Advocate | 98+

The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard was the tightest of this trio, with an inky/opaque purple color as well as an extraordinary bouquet of black truffles, licorice, asphalt, barbecue smoke, and oodles of blueberry and black currant fruit. Full-bodied, with striking purity and a layered, multidimensional texture, its youthful vigor and exuberance suggest a 2- to 3-year-old wine, rather than one that is a decade old. Assuming you can defer your gratification (and I really cannot offer any justification to do so), this wine will improve for at least another 5-10 years, and last for an additional 15+. Like its siblings, this is a Napa Valley legend.

Drink Dates: 2017-2032
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 201

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Wine Spectator | 96

A delicious Cabernet, with a wonderful purity of flavor anchored by a rich, dense and concentrated core of earthy currant, blackberry, wild berry and perfumed floral aromas. Supported by firm, ripe, structured tannins. There's a lot going on in this youngster. 125 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2008-2014
Author: James Laube


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Score: 96
Author: JLANDAULA
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 08/31/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2014
A delicious Cabernet, with a wonderful purity of flavor anchored by a rich, dense and concentrated core of earthy currant, blackberry, wild berry and perfumed floral aromas. Supported by firm, ripe, structured tannins. There's a lot going on in this youngster. Best from 2008 through 2014. 125 cases made.
More Vintages and Sizes of Schrader - Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Original To-Kalon Vineyard:

2009 (750ml)
2006 (750ml)
2005 (750ml)
2000 (750ml)

About This Producer


Schrader's mission statement is essentially one where their 30-year leases on vineyard parcels give them the ability to present a specific clonal study of Cabernet Sauvignon from three highly desired clones (4, 6, and 337) grown within a single vineyard. The bottom line is that with their production averages about 1,600 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon, the wines do have subtle differences, but most importantly, all of them are extraordinary in quality - among the finest Cabernets in California. Fred Schrader and his wife, Carol, hired Thomas Brown to make these wines.

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