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2013 Schrader - Cabernet Sauvignon RBS Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
abv 14.6%
  • 98 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 99 JS
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 105853-2013
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    A smoky, charry oak overlay adds flavor and aroma, rounding out the tannins in this robust, chunky effort, with extracted licorice, blackberry, anise, loamy earth and tobacco details. Very tight and backward, so patience is required. Best from 2020 through 2033. 608 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon RBS, also from clone 337, but in this case from the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, shows an absolutely perfect 100-point nose of red, black and blue fruits, charcoal, graphite and forest floor. It hits the palate with a seamless integration of wood, tannin, acidity and alcohol and has tremendous opulence and palate presence in its full-bodied, long finish. On aromatics alone, it rates a perfect score, but I ended up being somewhat conservative I suppose. It should drink well for three decades as well.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 99

    This is shows complex aromas of chili, red tile and red currant aromas. Full-bodied, dense and powerful. It is so intense and rich yet remains agile and fresh. Austere tannins give this wine form and tension. Lively and captivating. Beautiful now but be patient. Better in 2021.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Author: Johnnymd
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: Johnnymd
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Drink Dates: 2015-2045
    Author: Scott I
  • Self | Rating: 96

    This is seriously good wine. Great flavor and mouthfeel. Plush, but not overdone. I decanted for a couple hours and the wine showed very well. Still very young, but easily WOTN at our recent tasting event. Rating may even go higher after its had a little more time to knit together.
    Drink Dates: 2017-2023
    Author: Jeffrey M989
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

  • 960 bottles owned
  • 201 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 201 collectors)