2004 Schrader - Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Original To-Kalon Vineyard 750ml

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2004 Schrader - Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Original To-Kalon Vineyard

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International Wine Cellar | 92(+?)

($95) Good full ruby. Aromas of blackberry, cassis, licorice, violet and tar, with more new oak showing than in the RBS. Then less pliant and open in the mouth, with considerable power to its dark fruit and mineral flavors. Very chewy young cabernet with a strong backbone for aging, and much less fruit-forward than the RBS. The Clone 4 component is responsible for the wine's muscularity, notes winemaker Thomas Brown, while Clone 6 gives the floral high tones.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 132

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Wine Advocate | 100

only perfect wine of the vintage, which Thomas Brown calls the "Schrader Schrader" is the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Schrader Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard, a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from clones 4, 6 and 337. This was aged in 90% Darnajou and 10% Taransaud barrels. It had the second highest alcohol in the vintage at 14.6%. In possession of everything anyone could want in a wine, this profound effort offers up a bouquet of lavender, cedarwood, creme de cassis, blackberry, subtle smoke and incense. It is broad, full-bodied and opulent with ethereal complexity, remarkable concentration and that indescribable gravitas and nobility that world-class prodigious wines possess. It is the most youthful of this quartet and probably won't be at its best for another 3-4 years, but it should drink well for at least two decades thereafter. What Thomas Brown and the Schraders believe is their best wine goes into the cuvee called Old Sparky.

Drink Dates: 2017-2037
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 212

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Wine Spectator | 97

Dark, dense and powerful without being heavy or ponderous. Tiers of mocha-laced currant, cassis, blackberry, spice and subtle herb shadings give this tightly focused wine great depth and personality. 250 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2007-2015
Author: James Laube


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Score: 93
Author: Jeffrey M989
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 04/04/2010
Good to very good. Subtle green flavors, but not unpleasant. Not as plush as Caymus Special, but nice flavor and great nose
More Vintages and Sizes of Schrader - Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Original To-Kalon Vineyard:

2012 (750ml)
2009 (750ml)
2006 (1.5L)
2006 (750ml)
2005 (750ml)
2003 (1.5L)

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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