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

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USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Cabernet Sauvignon
2004 Schrader - Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Original To-Kalon Vineyard
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Professional Reviews

IWC
92(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 132

($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.

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WA
100

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 212

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.

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WS
97

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

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.

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Community Reviews

93

Jeffrey M989 Trust Rating: 97 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

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