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2012 Schrader - Cabernet Sauvignon CCS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

abv 14.5%
  • 95 WA
  • 94 WS
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 180615-2012
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    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.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Vinous | Rating: 96

    The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon CCS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is gorgeous. Often one of the more open-knit, silky wines in the range, the CCS plays in an upper register of sweet perfumed aromatics, bright red fruit and super-finessed tannins. A long, polished finish rounds things out in style. Even though the CCS is one of the more delicate wines in the Schrader lineup, the new oak is totally integrated. In the end, great wine are all about balance, and the 2012 CCS has that in spades. This is a magnificent showing.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    While big and chewy, this offers an intriguing mix of dark berry, plum and black cherry, shaded by black licorice, cedar and berry jam on the finish. The flavors push through gracefully on the finish. Best from 2016 through 2029. 520 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Big fruit, big flavors, and big tannins (and, for that matter, a big bottle too). The parts are all there, but need a bit more time to knit together. I gave it a good decant, which probably helped. So far it is a good to very good wine but I missed the plush mouthfeel and general elegance I had experienced with this wine in the past.
    Author: Jeffrey M989
  • Self | Rating: 100

    Double decanted 6 hours. Great intensity, extreme slightly sweet fruit concentration, luscious but firm tannin/grip. Wow. Finish lasts all night.
    Author: Johnnymd
  • Anonymous | Rating: 100

    RP 100 Points
    Author: Keskinyan Julian
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

  • 491 bottles owned
  • 208 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 98
    (Out of 208 collectors)