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2008 Schrader - Cabernet Sauvignon GIII - Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
abv 14.4%
  • 97 WA
  • 97 WS
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 288537-2008
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

    Offers ripe, rich, opulent plum, wild berry, black cherry and spice attributes that are dense and pure, deep and polished, yet with grip and traction. Shows amazing length.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    The 2008s were bottled in early summer, 2010. From the Beckstoffer Vineyard, the opaque blue/purple-colored 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon George III Clone 337 rocks out of the glass with brilliant aromas of creme de cassis, Christmas fruitcake, cedarwood, licorice and incense. The wine is deep, full-bodied, dense and concentrated with outstanding purity, texture and length. It is approachable now (one of the seductive characteristics of these wines) yet is capable of lasting 25 or more years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: Borgen Chris
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: rcl
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.

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 431 bottles owned
  • 170 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 170 collectors)