Schrader Cellars - Cabernet Sauvignon CCS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard 2021 (750ml)


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Producer Schrader Cellars
Country USA
Region California
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage 2021
Sku 8304
Size 750ml

Jeb Dunnuck: 100 Points

I thought the 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard CCS was pure perfection and it's my favorite in the lineup from Schrader. Coming all from a single parcel (it's all Clone 4) in this hallowed site its inky purple hue is followed by sensationally pure aromatics of creme de cassis spring flowers graphite and lead pencil shavings. I think I've rated this Cuv e perfect more than any of the other Cuv es (Old Sparky may come close) and it always seems to have another level of vibrancy and purity paired with an incredible level of fruit. Full-bodied round lush and seamless it has ultra-fine tannins flawless balance and a mouthfeel that's to die for. Drink this killer effort over the coming 25+ years.


Wine Advocate: 97+ Points

The 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon CCS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard comes from block C1 planted to clone 4. Huge aromas of ripe black cherries are joined by hints of star anise mocha and rich loam on the nose while the palate is full-bodied concentrated and velvety in feel with a long richly textured finish. There have been few changes visible to consumers since Constellation Brands purchased Schrader in 2017. Thomas Rivers Brown has remained as the consultant much of the grape sourcing has remained constant and quality thankfully hasn't dropped off. With the availability of additional fruit from the Mondavi vineyard holdings?both within To Kalon and outside of it?Brown has had the opportunity to make wine and add bottlings from different blocks. The Mondavi Heritage Clone To Kalon Vineyard is perhaps the most notable success. The Double Diamond wines?there's now a Proprietary Red as well as a Cabernet Sauvignon?provide relatively affordable on-ramps to the Schrader portfolio. The Schrader 2021s reviewed here are all excellent examples of their respective sites and the Thomas Rivers Brown style. The vintage character comes through as well as the wines do show a slightly more concentrated tannic edge than in many previous years. They should age particularly well. Fans of the wines may want to stock up if possible as 2022 looks considerably more uneven throughout Napa Valley. When Brown doesn't hesitate in calling 2022 "the worst non-fire vintage I've seen" readers should take notice. Published: Jan 31 2024

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