We Are Honored By Kind Words From Our Friends

We Are Honored By Kind Words From Our Friends

Since embarking on this journey over a decade ago, we have had phenomenal fortune in the vineyard, winery, and beyond, where our wines have received nothing short of outstanding critical praise.

What began with one man, one winemaker, and one shared dream has evolved to become a groundbreaking portfolio that has set the standard for American Cabernet Sauvignon production. Schrader Cellars has earned a combined total of ten perfect 100 point scores from The Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator, a truly peerless accomplishment in winemaking.

Revered critic Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, has honored us as the only producer in the entirety of his career to receive 100 point scores across three consecutive vintages of the same wine not once, but twice, with both the Schrader CCS and Schrader “Old Sparky” Cabernet Sauvignons. Beginning in 2001, ten-year retrospective tastings of our Cabernets by Robert Parker have also resulted in five score revisions that recognize our wines at 99 or 100 points, a true testament to the strength of our winemaking philosophy. Our place as the world’s finest makers of Cabernet Sauvignon was further solidified in 2010, where for the first time in the history of Wine Spectator, two newly released wines — the 2007 Schrader CCS and Schrader “Old Sparky” Cabernet Sauvignons — received perfect 100 point scores in a blind taste test from esteemed Senior Editor James Laube.

We are beyond honored by our historical achievements and invite you, our most loyal friends, to share in the success we have found through your enduring support.

  • SCHRADER
    • 2012 Schrader — WA (96-100)
      • 2012 Schrader Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 96-100 Pts. The riveting 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard boasts an opaque purple color along with aromas of smoky barbecue, vanillin, creme de cassis, blueberries, black raspberries, graphite and licorice. There are 370 cases of this huge, rich and thick, but oh, so pure 2012.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    • 2011 Schrader — WA 96
      • 2011 Schrader Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 96 Pts. The impressive 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is one of the richest of Schrader’s 2011s. Thomas Brown told me that this particular block was picked before the heavy rainfalls arrived and production was a minuscule three-quarters of a ton per acre. Hence, only 52 cases were made. It is a big, rich, atypical wine for a 2011.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    • 2010 Schrader — WA 97+  WS 96
      • 2010 Schrader Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 97+ Pts. One of the flagships, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Schrader Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is endowed with serious minerality and tension. Violets, pencil shavings, blackberries and cinnamon burst from this deep, resonant, implosive Cabernet. I very much like the intensity and power here. This is another huge, towering wine that will require considerable patience, but it is dazzling, even today.

        — Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 96 Pts. Delivers a rich, potent mix of layered flavors that are deep and pure, brimming with black licorice, dark berry, mocha, tea and floral notes that are tight, focused and persistent, with gutsy tannins.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2009 Schrader — WA 95  WS 95
      • 2009 Schrader Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 95 Pts. One of the flagships, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Schrader Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is endowed with serious minerality and tension. Violets, pencil shavings, blackberries and cinnamon burst from this deep, resonant, implosive Cabernet. I very much like the intensity and power here. This is another huge, towering wine that will require considerable patience, but it is dazzling, even today.

        — Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 95 Pts. Delivers a rich, potent mix of layered flavors that are deep and pure, brimming with black licorice, dark berry, mocha, tea and floral notes that are tight, focused and persistent, with gutsy tannins.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2008 Schrader — WA 98+  WS 98
      • 2008 Schrader Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon vineyard

        Rated 98+ Pts. From the reviews I gave Schrader's 2007s and 2008s last year and the 2005s and 2006s previously, to the recent Wine Spectator cover story on Fred and Carol Schrader, there doesn't appear to be a hotter Cabernet Sauvignon producer in the New World than this small boutique winery. Their wines have already received four perfect scores and with this report, that grows to six... The wines are incredibly expressive examples of Cabernet Sauvignon that are as good as it gets for this varietal. Of course they are more similar than dissimilar, but I suspect virtually every vintage they have produced to date has 25-40 years of cellaring potential, and long term aging should produce more and more subtle differences to support this compulsive study of clones and parcels within a given vineyard. I'll try and keep my notes simple, but these are profoundly great, world-class wines.

        The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Schrader, which comes from Clones 4, 6 and 337, is slightly more structured and perhaps not as velvety as the CCS or RBS. Again, blue fruits, black fruits, camphor, charcoal and burning ember characteristics are presented in a full-bodied, powerful style that balances intensity with elegance and an uncanny equilibrium. This is another stunning wine that should benefit from 4-5 years of cellaring and keep for 25-30+ years.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 98 Pts. Deep, rich, pure and extracted, exhibiting focused plum, creme de cassis and wild raspberry flavors that dance, with more fruit, a shade less earth and lots of finesse and polish. Ends with a long finish.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2007 Schrader — WA 96+  WS 98
      • 2007 Schrader Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 96+ Pts. The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard Schrader, which comes from clone 4 and clone 6, from two sepa- rate blocks, is another prodigious Cabernet. It boasts stunning concentration, a dense purple color, plenty of crushed rock, floral, black currant, pain grille, and spice box notes, and outstanding ripeness as well as richness. Forget it for 3-4 years, and enjoy it over the following 25+.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 98 Pts. Exhibits deep, penetrating aromas of cedar, mocha and graphite, with layers of dark berry scents centered around blackberry and wild berry. Full-bodied, dense and chewy, this is a muscular and chiseled work of beauty, ending with chewy, fruit- and tobacco-infused flavors. Best from 2012 through 2025.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2006 Schrader — WA 98+  WS 97
      • 2006 Schrader Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 98+ Pts. As I wrote last year, this is a fascinating portfolio of 100% Cabernet Sauvignons all of them from Beckstoffer-owned vineyards, including the To-Kalon Vineyard in Oakville, and one wine from the George III Vineyard in Rutherford. All the wines are aged in 100% new French oak, usually a combination of Darnajou and Taransaud barrels, with a higher percentage of Darnajou used for the T6, CCS, Old Sparky, and Schrader. The different bottlings are essentially based on specific blocks and/or specific clones of Cabernet Sauvignon. In short, I think the 2006s are arguably the finest wines of the vintage, and the 2007s appear to be as profound. One of the more backward efforts is the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Schrader. It is dense and full-bodied, but holding more in reserve.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 97 Pts. 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.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2005 Schrader — WS 94
      • 2005 Schrader Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 94 Pts. Exotic spicy, toasty, cedary oak turns taut, with firm, chewy, loamy earth, currant, anise, sage and mineral flavors that are tightly wound. Finishes with full-bodied tannins that beg for short-term cellaring.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2004 Schrader — WA 96+  WS 97
      • 2004 Schrader Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 96 Pts. Made mostly from Clone 4 with some Clone 6 and Clone 337 (100% from the To-Kalon Vineyard), the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the more abundant cuvees (250 cases versus 125 of the RBS, 175 of the CCS, and 100 cases of the Old Sparky). The wine has great purity, richness, and wonderful sweet, smoky, coffee bean, and black currant notes intermixed with some spring flowers and cedar. Very rich, full-bodied, and intense, with an almost Graves-like scorched earth/hot stone sort of character, this wine exhibits superb ripeness, purity, texture, and a multi-dimensional personality.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 97 Pts. All four of the new Schrader Cabernets are breathtaking, the best he's made yetÖDark, 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. Drink now through 2015.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2003 Schrader — WA 95
      • 2003 Schrader Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 99 Pts. The most backward of this quartet appears to be the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Schrader BeckstofferTo-Kalon Vineyard. With great richness, power and intensity as well as lots of blackberry, creme de cassis, coffee and chocolaty notes, an exuberant fragrance, a certain sensuality and sexiness despite its massive richness and full-bodied, broodingly backward style; this killer Cabernet needs to be forgotten for 3-4 years. It should be drunk over the following two decades.

        These wines represent an obsessive-compulsive intellectual study of the effect of different Cabernet Sauvignon clones in a single vineyard, in this case, the great Beckstoffer To-Kalon site in Oakville. Made by Thomas Brown for Fred (Old Sparky) and Carol Schrader, these wines are all stunning. At age ten, they are just beginning to reveal some nuances and differences illustrated by this clonal

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    • 2002 Schrader — WA 98+  WS 96
      • 2002 Schrader Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 98+ Pts. The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard was the tightest of this trio, with an inky/opaque purple color as well as an extraordinary bouquet of black truffles, licorice, asphalt, barbecue smoke, and oodles of blueberry and black currant fruit. Full-bodied, with striking purity and a layered, multidimensional texture, its youthful vigor and exuberance suggest a 2- to 3-year-old wine, rather than one that is a decade old. Assuming you can defer your gratification (and I really cannot offer any justification to do so), this wine will improve for at least another 5-10 years, and last for an additional 15+. Like its siblings, this is a Napa Valley legend.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 96 Pts. A delicious Cabernet, with a wonderful purity of flavor anchored by a rich, dense and concentrated core of earthy currant, blackberry, wild berry and perfumed floral aromas. Supported by firm, ripe, structured tannins. There's a lot going on in this youngster. Best from 2008 through 2014.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2001 Schrader — WA 99  WS 95
      • 2001 Schrader Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 99 Pts. More mature and evolved (or maybe it just has more to it), the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard tastes like a great vintage of Pontet-Canet or Mouton Rothschild. This profound Napa Cabernet Sauvignon reveals gorgeous notes of creme de cassis, a celestial floral and espresso character, an inky/purple color, a dense full-bodied mouthfeel and hints of wood smoke and a volcanic/burning ember note. Quite intense with a prodigious mouthfeel and a nearly 60-second finish, this wine can be drunk now or cellared for another quarter of a century. Bravo!

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 95 Pts. An immense, stunning, elegantly defined wine, with a rich, fleshy core of plum, blackberry and cherry fruit that's deliciously ripe and mouthcoating. Firm, ripe, integrated tannins give it grip on the finish, with a touch of fresh earth, herb and leather. Best from 2007 through 2014.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

  • SCHRADER CCS
    • 2012 Schrader CCS — WA (98-100)
      • 2012 Schrader CCS Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 98-100 Pts. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard CCS appears to be a worthy rival to the 2007 and 2008, both of which received perfect scores in this publication. The 2012 (14.4% alcohol) possesses fabulous opulence and is built like a skyscraper with layers and layers of intense, pure, perfectly balanced fruit. Lots of blueberry, creme de cassis and violet aromas jump from the glass of this big, rich, exuberant, prodigious Cabernet Sauvignon that should drink beautifully for 20-30 years.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    • 2011 Schrader CCS — WA 95
      • 2011 Schrader CCS Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 95 Pts. Usually my favorite cuvee, the Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard CCS is a beauty in 2011. Made in a showy, flamboyant style, it boasts a dense ruby/purple color as well as sweet notes of creme de cassis, violets, licorice, forest floor and new oak. This supple, round effort is one of the superstars of this challenging vintage. It should drink well for 10-15 years or longer.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    • 2010 Schrader CCS — WA 98  WS 95
      • 2010 Schrader CCS Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 98 Pts. A wine that seems to hit all of the sweet spots on my palate is the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard CCS made from clone 4. It possesses about the same amount of alcohol as the other wines (14.5%), and is aged 20 months in 100% new oak, but it reveals an opulence, voluptuousness and a seamless haute couture fashion. There is something Pomerol-like in the 2010 CCS that I have not noticed in previous vintages. That may be due to the upfront, appealing, stunningly rich, voluptuous style. This is a Cabernet Sauvignon of great nobility and character that, despite its precociousness, should age for 25+ years.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 95pts. Red and black, black and red, a wonderful mix of flavors cloaked in a shawl of chewy, loamy earth and spicy tannins. Backward, this begs for cellaring and is sure to offer a pleasant surprise sometime soon.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2009 Schrader CCS — WA 96+  WS 95
      • 2009 Schrader CCS Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 96+ Pts. The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon CCS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard comes across as big, tight and powerful. This is one of the more reticent, inward of the 2009 Schraders. Tar, licorice, menthol and violets are some of the notes that wrap around the intense, virile finish. Today the CCS is a touch compact. It will merit a higher score if the fruit fills out a little more. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029.

        — Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 95 Pts. Deeply extracted, with dense, ripe tannins that are mouthcoating. Intense dried dark berry, currant, melted chocolate, roasted herb and sage give this an expansive range of flavors, ending with chewy tannins. Best from 2014 through 2032.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2008 Schrader CCS — WA 100  WS 95
      • 2008 Schrader CCS Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 100 Pts. From the reviews I gave Schrader's 2007s and 2008s last year and the 2005s and 2006s previously, to the recent Wine Spectator cover story on Fred and Carol Schrader, there doesn't appear to be a hotter Cabernet Sauvignon producer in the New World than this small boutique winery. Their wines have already received four perfect scores and with this report, that grows to six... The wines are incredibly expressive examples of Cabernet Sauvignon that are as good as it gets for this varietal. Of course they are more similar than dissimilar, but I suspect virtually every vintage they have produced to date has 25-40 years of cellaring potential, and long term aging should produce more and more subtle differences to support this compulsive study of clones and parcels within a given vineyard. I'll try and keep my notes simple, but these are profoundly great, world-class wines.

        For some reason I have a sweet spot for Schrader’s 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon CCS, which, like the 2007, merits a perfect rating. That should set up some very interesting competitive tastings in the future. Made from a particular block of Clone 4 planted in the Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard, there is something just broader, deeper, more multidimensional and more subtle without losing any of the great intensity, purity and richness these wines possess that gives the CCS an amazing character. Keep in mind, as my editor pointed out to me, this is the third straight vintage of this cuvee to merit a perfect score, which must be the first of its kind in 32 years of critiquing wines. Blueberry pie intermixed with creme de cassis, licorice, subtle oak and forest floor notes are followed by an extraordinary wine of staggering richness, luxurious fruit and seamlessness. This is the kind of wine that simply has it all, and I think it could easily be inserted in a tasting against the greatest first-growth Bordeaux or any other profound Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa or elsewhere and hold its own, if not dominate the tasting. There is a remarkable character to this wine that will be fascinating to follow over the next 25-30 years.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 95 Pts. Delightfully elegant and refined, showing both richness, opulence and depth of flavor with a measure of loamy earth, mineral and light cedar. Full-bodied and persistent, ending with chewy, extracted fruit and a rustic edge, appropriate for such a young wine. Drink now through 2023.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2007 Schrader CCS — WA 100  WS 100
      • 2007 Schrader CCS Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 100 Pts. There is something about the inky/purple-hued 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard CCS (clone 4) that blows me away. The most opulent, perfumed, and accessible of these wines, it exhibits an opaque purple color as well as an extraordinary density and richness in addition to copious creme de cassis, cedar, ink, and spice box characteristics. As with all of these wines, there is a seamless integration of acidity, tannin, wood, and alcohol in addition to phenomenal length and ripeness. The multidimensional personality and full-bodied style, with both power and elegance, is compelling. This amazing effort can be drunk now, but it will be even better in 4-5 years, and should unfold gracefully over the following 30+ years.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 100 Pts. Offering riveting aromas of red and black cherry, red and black licorice, plum, spice and cedar, this is firm, full-bodied, deep, dense and concentrated on the palate, not wanting to bend much now, but with a muscular thrust of flavors and backbone that bodes well for cellaring. Best from 2012 through 2025.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2006 Schrader CCS — WA 100
      • 2006 Schrader CCS Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 100 Pts. The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon CCS is utter perfection in Cabernet Sauvignon. Extraordinary power, fruit depth, and perfume (not dissimilar from its siblings) as well as a seamlessness, monumental richness, and a staggering finish are the stuff of legends. Again, the dominant characteristics are creme de cassis, graphite, espresso, blackberries, chocolate, and subtle background new oak.

        As I wrote last year, this is a fascinating portfolio of 100% Cabernet Sauvignons all of them from Beckstoffer-owned vineyards, including the To-Kalon Vineyard in Oakville, and one wine from the George III Vineyard in Rutherford. All the wines are aged in 100% new French oak, usually a combination of Darnajou and Taransaud barrels, with a higher percentage of Darnajou used for the T6, CCS, Old Sparky, and Schrader. The different bottlings are essentially based on specific blocks and/or specific clones of Cabernet Sauvignon. In short, I think the 2006s are arguably the finest wines of the vintage, and the 2007s appear to be as profound.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    • 2005 Schrader CCS — WA 95  WS 95
      • 2005 Schrader CCS Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 95 Pts. The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon CCS, which is clone 4 from block C1, displays a bit more depth and tannic structure. Its inky/ruby/purple color is accompanied by sensational aromas of crème de cassis, scorched earth, acacia flowers, licorice, cedar, and grilled meats. Pure, full-bodied, and powerful, it should hit its prime in 4-5 years, and last for 25.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 95 Pts. Dark and intense, with firm, structured currant, black cherry, blackberry and spicy, cedary flavors that provide backbone and depth. Young and tight, this needs time, revealing an elegance and refinement on the finish. Best from 2009 through 2016.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2004 Schrader CCS — WA 96+  WS 97
      • 2004 Schrader CCS Cabernet Sauvignon, BEckstoffer To Kalon vineyard

        Rated 96+ Pts. Made mostly from Clone 4 with some Clone 6 and Clone 337 (100% from the To-Kalon Vineyard), the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the more abundant cuvees (250 cases versus 125 of the RBS, 175 of the CCS, and 100 cases of the Old Sparky). The wine has great purity, richness, and wonderful sweet, smoky, coffee bean, and black currant notes intermixed with some spring flowers and cedar. Very rich, full-bodied, and intense, with an almost Graves-like scorched earth/hot stone sort of character, this wine exhibits superb ripeness, purity, texture, and a multi-dimensional personality.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 97 Pts. 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. Drink now through 2015.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

  • SCHRADER GIII
    • 2012 Schrader GIII — WA (96-98)
      • 2012 Schrader GIII Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard

        Rated 96-98 Pts. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer George III Vineyard (14.5% alcohol) exhibits terrific suppleness along with explosive fruit, sweet tannin, and a full throttle, big, rich, in-your-face style. Despite all the rich fruit, glycerin and headiness of these 2012s, the alcohol levels are very much in keeping with the 2010s and 2011s, two much cooler years.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    • 2010 Schrader GIII — WA 96  WS 95
      • 2010 Schrader GIII Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard

        Rated 96 Pts. The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer George III Vineyard, made from clone 337, had a total production of 110 cases (compared to 260+ for the 2012). Its gorgeous nose reveals aromas of creme de cassis, blueberries, raspberries, vanillin and notions of cedarwood as well as incense. Deep and full-bodied with fabulous purity, a hallmark of all these wines, this spectacular 2010 has plenty of structure, but the fruit intensity and richness largely obscure the wine’s tannic profile. This beauty will be drinkable in several years and keep for 30 years.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 95 Pts. A powerful yet graceful Cabernet that's big, rich, chewy and chunky, with tiers of mocha, dark berry, spice and cedar flavors. This packs a wallop and isn't shy about tannins, so best to be patient.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2009 Schrader GIII — WA 95  WS 97
      • 2009 Schrader GIII Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard

        Rated 95 Pts. The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon GIII Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard Clone 337 is a gorgeous, dark wine bursting with black fruit, leather, licorice and tar. The Georges III is dark, plush and totally inviting, with a seamless quality to the tannin that is striking for such a young wine. This is the most suave and accessible of the 2009s. If I were tempted to open a very young 2009 Schrader, this would be the bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.

        — Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 97 Pts. A seductive style that's ripe and perfumed, with layers of rich flavors and uncommon complexity, extending from wilted rose, cassis, smoky oak, ripe plum, blackberry and wild berry. Ends with jazzy mocha and exotic spice nuances. Best from 2013 through 2030.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2008 Schrader GIII — WA 97  WS 97
      • 2008 Schrader GIII Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard

        Rated 97 Pts. From the reviews I gave Schrader's 2007s and 2008s last year and the 2005s and 2006s previously, to the recent Wine Spectator cover story on Fred and Carol Schrader, there doesn't appear to be a hotter Cabernet Sauvignon producer in the New World than this small boutique winery. Their wines have already received four perfect scores and with this report, that grows to six... The wines are incredibly expressive examples of Cabernet Sauvignon that are as good as it gets for this varietal. Of course they are more similar than dissimilar, but I suspect virtually every vintage they have produced to date has 25-40 years of cellaring potential, and long term aging should produce more and more subtle differences to support this compulsive study of clones and parcels within a given vineyard. I'll try and keep my notes simple, but these are profoundly great, world-class wines.

        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.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 97 Pts.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. Best from 2013 through 2027.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2007 Schrader GIII — WA 97+  WS 96
      • 2007 Schrader GIII Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard

        Rated 97+ Pts. The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer George III Vineyard comes from clone 337, from a Beckstoffer-owned vineyard in Rutherford. Its dense purple color is followed by a big, sweet nose of black cherries, black currants, cedar, spice box, and subtle oak. Enormously concentrated and full-bodied with superb minerality as well as tannic structure, it will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age, and should evolve for three decades.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 96 Pts.Another tremendous effort, broad, rich and layered, with creamy oak woven in with ripe currant and blackberry fruit. Full-blown and persistent, with green olive, cedar and spice notes that gain intensity, depth, elegance and finesse. Drink now through 2019.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2006 Schrader GIII — WA 96  WS 95
      • 2006 Schrader GIII Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard

        Rated 96 Pts. As I wrote last year, this is a fascinating portfolio of 100% Cabernet Sauvignons all of them from Beckstoffer-owned vineyards, including the To-Kalon Vineyard in Oakville, and one wine from the George III Vineyard in Rutherford. All the wines are aged in 100% new French oak, usually a combination of Darnajou and Taransaud barrels, with a higher percentage of Darnajou used for the T6, CCS, Old Sparky, and Schrader. The different bottlings are essentially based on specific blocks and/or specific clones of Cabernet Sauvignon. In short, I think the 2006s are arguably the finest wines of the vintage, and the 2007s appear to be as profound.

        The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer George III Vineyard offers an extraordinary bouquet of creme de cassis, scorched earth, and burning embers as well as full-bodied power, velvety tannins, and exceptional density and richness. This superb wine exhibits layered extravagance and sweet tannins, a rarity in this vintage. It is already drinking well.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 95 Pts. Seductive in its overlay of rich, concentrated flavors, with enticing jazzy toasty-creamy oak draped over rich currant, black cherry and blackberry fruit that's tight and focused. Ends with mouthcoating ripe tannins that have great traction. Best from 2010 through 2018.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

  • SCHRADER LPV
    • 2012 Schrader LPV — WA (96-98)
      • 2012 Schrader LPV Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 96-98 Pts. There are 600 cases of the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard LPV. The best example I have seen of Cabernet Sauvignon from this vineyard to date, it offers lots of flowery, blueberry and blackberry fruit interwoven with notions of lead pencil shavings, loamy soil, unsmoked cigar tobacco, incense and forest floor. This tremendously complex, intense, full-bodied 2012 flirts with perfection as many of Schrader’s amazing wines do. Bravo!

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    • 2011 Schrader LPV — WA 93
      • 2011 Schrader LPV Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 93 Pts. Schrader’s newest offering is the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard LPV, which comes from clone 337 of the Las Piedras site. This is a west side valley floor vineyard with a foundation of alluvial river pebbles and rocks as well as gravelly loam. The Schraders have a long-term lease on 5 acres, which, added to their 16 acres of Beckstoffer To Kalon and 5 acres of Beckstoffer George III, gives them some pretty serious leases on some of the finest terroirs in Napa Valley. The softest wine of this portfolio, there are 350 cases of the 2011 LPV, far less than the 600 cases produced in 2012. Given its warm micro-climated, these grapes were picked before the rains descended. The wine exhibits a dark ruby/purple color, supple tannins, and sweet red and black currants, licorice, Christmas fruitcake, incense and forest floor. This beautiful, medium-bodied 2011 is already complex and evolved. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

  • SCHRADER RBS
    • 2012 Schrader RBS — WA (96-100)
      • 2012 Schrader RBS Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 96-100 Pts. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard RBS is one of the potential candidates for perfection. Half the crop was thinned out and the result is a wine with incredible aromas of lead pencil shavings, licorice, creme de cassis, blueberry liqueur, roasted coffee beans and vanilla.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    • 2011 Schrader RBS — WA 91
      • 2011 Schrader RBS Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 91 Pts. The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard RBS is lighter than usual, but still very attractive, forward and endearing ... one of the positives in 2011. The color is a healthy dark ruby/purple and the wine is clean, with no herbaceous or mean green characteristics. This elegant, medium-bodied 2011 is ideal for drinking over the next 10-12 years.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    • 2010 Schrader RBS — WA 99  WS 96
      • 2010 Schrader RBS Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 99 Pts. Flirting with perfection, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard RBS from clone 337 was aged in new Darnajou barrels (80%) and the rest in new Taransaud barrels. There were 410 cases produced, which is several hundred cases less than the production in 2012. An unbelievable red wine, it boasts an inky/purple color as well as abundant notes of charcoal, white chocolate, toast, new saddle leather, blueberries, blackberries, creme de cassis and licorice. As the wine sits in the glass, some chocolaty, smoky elements also emerge. This virtually perfect Cabernet Sauvignon has been flawlessly made and should age effortlessly for 25-30+ years.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 96 Pts. Combines power with finesse, though at this point the torque wins out, pushing this into overdrive. Tiers of spice, flowers and dark and red berry, with notes of licorice, flow before the tannins clamp down, giving the wine a chewy aftertaste. Ends with a teasing lift. Best from 2016 through 2030.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2009 Schrader RBS — WA 96  WS 95
      • 2009 Schrader RBS Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 96 Pts. The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon RBS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard comes across as dark, plush and inviting, but with greater inner focus and minerality than some of the other wines here. Graphite, smoke, tar and licorice are some of the notes that wrap around the intense, juicy finish. I especially admire the way the RBS grows in the glass as it turns more explosive over time, yet never loses its more refined shades of expression. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.

        — Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 95 Pts. Deeply extracted, with dense, ripe tannins that are mouthcoating. Intense dried dark berry, currant, melted chocolate, roasted herb and sage give this an expansive range of flavors, ending with chewy tannins. Best from 2014 through 2032.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2008 Schrader RBS — WA 97  WS 97
      • 2008 Schrader RBS Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 97 Pts. From the reviews I gave Schrader's 2007s and 2008s last year and the 2005s and 2006s previously, to the recent Wine Spectator cover story on Fred and Carol Schrader, there doesn't appear to be a hotter Cabernet Sauvignon producer in the New World than this small boutique winery. Their wines have already received four perfect scores and with this report, that grows to six... The wines are incredibly expressive examples of Cabernet Sauvignon that are as good as it gets for this varietal. Of course they are more similar than dissimilar, but I suspect virtually every vintage they have produced to date has 25-40 years of cellaring potential, and long term aging should produce more and more subtle differences to support this compulsive study of clones and parcels within a given vineyard. I'll try and keep my notes simple, but these are profoundly great, world-class wines.

        The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon RBS from Clone 337 planted in the Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard reveals a similar blue/purple color offers a big, sweet kiss of burning embers, charcoal, white chocolate, subtle toast, and oodles of creme de cassis and incense. This expressive, full-bodied, powerful wine is seamlessly constructed, shows little evidence of the 100% new oak aging, and like most of its peers, has a 45-second finish. It is slightly more exotic aromatically, but from a textural and concentration perspective, it is similar to its peers.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 97 Pts. Delightfully elegant and refined, showing both richness, opulence and depth of flavor with a measure of loamy earth, mineral and light cedar. Full-bodied and persistent, ending with chewy, extracted fruit and a rustic edge, appropriate for such a young wine. Drink now through 2023.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2007 Schrader RBS — WA 99  WS 99
      • 2007 Schrader RBS Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 99 Pts. The outrageous 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard RBS from clone 337 blew out my olfactory senses. Possessing extraordinarily intense notes of lead pencil shavings, camphor, licorice, creme de cassis, kirsch, and crushed rocks, it exhibits full body, awesome intensity, terrific purity, and a mind-boggling finish. If Pauillac were somehow magically moved to the Oakville Corridor in Napa, tasters would believe this wine came from a first-growth Pauillac. Although it is more forward than the George III, the RBS will benefit from 4-5 years of cellaring, and will keep for 30+ years.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 99 Pts. An extraordinary effort that exhibits an enormously complex mix of ripe cherry, plum and blackberry fruit and jam, with touches of black and red licorice and dusty, cedary, mocha-laced oak. Full-bodied, yet elegant and sophisticated, ending with a dazzling finish and beautifully orchestrated fruit and oak. Best from 2012 through 2026.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2006 Schrader RBS — WA 99
      • 2006 Schrader RBS Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 99 Pts. Nearly perfect, the opaque purple-colored 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon RBS reveals notes of graphite, charcoal, blackberries, cedar, creme de cassis, and a hint of chocolate. Oodles of concentration, remarkable purity and density, and a finish that lasts over 60 seconds suggest this beauty should drink well for 20-25 years.

        As I wrote last year, this is a fascinating portfolio of 100% Cabernet Sauvignons all of them from Beckstoffer-owned vineyards, including the To-Kalon Vineyard in Oakville, and one wine from the George III Vineyard in Rutherford. All the wines are aged in 100% new French oak, usually a combination of Darnajou and Taransaud barrels, with a higher percentage of Darnajou used for the T6, CCS, Old Sparky, and Schrader. The different bottlings are essentially based on specific blocks and/or specific clones of Cabernet Sauvignon. In short, I think the 2006s are arguably the finest wines of the vintage, and the 2007s appear to be as profound.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    • 2005 Schrader RBS — WS 94
      • 2005 Schrader RBS Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 94 Pts. Young and vibrant, with tight, zesty layers of wild berry, currant, hazelnut and nutmeg scents that are firm and compact. Finishes with a rich, plush texture. Has great complexity and depth.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2004 Schrader RBS — WA 93+  WS 96
      • 2004 Schrader RBS Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 93+ Pts. The dense purple-colored 2004 Schrader Cabernet Sauvignon RBS, which is 100% from the To-Kalon Vineyard and Clone 337, is a more structured, meaty, muscular wine with an inky purple color and powerful cassis flavors intermixed with some smoke, licorice, and graphite. This wine, which was so open-knit and opulent last year, has closed down, but it is bursting with potential and I am sure it will ultimately merit a score in the mid-90s when it hits its peak of maturity in 3-5 years.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 96 Pts. Aromas of chocolate-covered cherry join currant, herb, cedar and spice in this sleek, polished youngster. Lush and smooth on the palate, it offers depth and concentration without weight. Shows a hint of heat on the finish. Tannins are ripe and integrated.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2003 Schrader RBS — WA 97
      • 2003 Schrader RBS Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 97 Pts. The closest to full maturity and farthest along in its evolution appears to be the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon RBS Beckstoffer To- Kalon Vineyard. Notes of pen ink, creosote, tar, black currants and Christmas fruitcake jump from the glass of this dense ruby/purple-colored effort, which is showing less color saturation than its three siblings. Full-bodied and ripe with soft tannins, good freshness and liveliness, there is no reason to defer your gratification. It is an intense, mouthfilling, terrific, young Cabernet Sauvignon that should continue to drink well for 10-15 years.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    • 2002 Schrader RBS — WA 100
      • 2002 Schrader RBS Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 100 Pts. The closest to full maturity and farthest along in its evolution appears to be the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon RBS Beckstoffer To- Kalon Vineyard. Notes of pen ink, creosote, tar, black currants and Christmas fruitcake jump from the glass of this dense ruby/purple-colored effort, which is showing less color saturation than its three siblings. Full-bodied and ripe with soft tannins, good freshness and liveliness, there is no reason to defer your gratification. It is an intense, mouthfilling, terrific, young Cabernet Sauvignon that should continue to drink well for 10-15 years.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    • 2001 Schrader RBS — WA 96+
      • 2001 Schrader RBS Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 96+ Pts. In fact, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon RBS tastes more like a 3-4 year old wine than one that has a decade of aging. Still tightly constructed, it offers notes of spring flowers, blueberries, black currants, lead pencil shavings and pen ink. This full-bodied, deep, concentrated, stunning, intense, rich, fullthrottle 2001 is also wonderfully pure and elegant with outstanding balance. Give it another 4-5 years of cellaring and drink it over the next 25 years.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

  • SCHRADER T6
    • 2012 Schrader T6 — WA (92-95)
      • 2012 Schrader T6 Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 92-95 Pts. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard T6 has the highest alcohol level of any of these wines (14.6%), and comes across as a gorgeous, full throttle, consumer-friendly Cabernet.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    • 2011 Schrader T6 — WA 93
      • 2011 Schrader T6 Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 93 Pts. The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard T6 is slightly riper and richer than the RBS with plenty of toasty oak intermixed with lead pencil shavings, cedarwood, baking spices, plums and black currants. Medium to full-bodied, ripe and delicious with 14.6% alcohol (slightly higher than the 2010), it should drink well for 10-12 years.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    • 2010 Schrader T6 — WA 96+  WS 96
      • 2010 Schrader T6 Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 96+ Pts. Violets, mint, blueberries, cassis and tar all come to life in the glass as the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon T6 Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard shows off its considerable pedigree. The T6 is the first Cabernet in this tasting where the structure of the vintage is indelibly stamped into the wine. Today, the 2010 is incredibly backward. A long, cool growing season stretching 130 days from bud break to harvest yielded loose clusters with small, thick-skinned grapes. As the name implies, the T6 is clone 6 Cabernet from block D2. This is another totally striking wine from Schrader.

        — Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 96 Pts. Tightly wound, intense and potent, with explosive dark berry, spice, cedar and mocha flavors. Among the most closed and backward of the 2010 Schraders, this nonetheless delivers Napa Cabernet's proverbial iron fist in a velvet glove. Best from 2015 through 2030. 162 cases made.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2009 Schrader T6 — WA 97  WS 97
      • 2009 Schrader T6 Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 97 Pts. The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon T6 Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is another big, implosive wine bursting with dark blackberries, blueberries, tar, smoke, licorice and graphite. Layers of fruit build effortlessly to the huge, polished finish. The T6 has it all – fruit and structure. This is a marvelously complete wine that should drink well out of the gate, yet also appears to have the stuffing to last for years. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029.

        — Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 97 Pts. Pure, rich, dense and structured, with a mix of loamy earth, cedar, gravel and dark berry fruit that echoes mocha, melted black licorice, anise and espresso. Tightens nicely on the finish, where the tannins flex their strength. Best from 2014 through 2031.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2008 Schrader T6 — WA 99  WS 96
      • 2008 Schrader T6 Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 99 Pts. From the reviews I gave Schrader's 2007s and 2008s last year and the 2005s and 2006s previously, to the recent Wine Spectator cover story on Fred and Carol Schrader, there doesn't appear to be a hotter Cabernet Sauvignon producer in the New World than this small boutique winery. Their wines have already received four perfect scores and with this report, that grows to six... The wines are incredibly expressive examples of Cabernet Sauvignon that are as good as it gets for this varietal. Of course they are more similar than dissimilar, but I suspect virtually every vintage they have produced to date has 25-40 years of cellaring potential, and long term aging should produce more and more subtle differences to support this compulsive study of clones and parcels within a given vineyard. I'll try and keep my notes simple, but these are profoundly great, world-class wines.

        The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon T6 (Clone 6) could be given a perfect score, it's that special. All of this is like splitting hairs, but this opaque purple-colored wine offers up lavish, luxurious notes of blueberries, black raspberries, black currants, licorice, cedar and grilled herbs. Extremely dense and opulent with a voluptuous texture, it has layer upon layer of fruit and depth, and a mindboggling finish that had me shaking my head in awe. Sadly, this amazing wine has the most limited production of all the Schrader wines. 150 cases.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 96 Pts. Offers delicious purity of fruit, with enticing floral and fresh berry scents that are rich and seamless, elegant and refined, gaining a nice tannic traction and ending with a long, lingering, detailed finish that has a loamy earth aftertaste. Best from 2013 through 2024.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2007 Schrader T6 — WA 99  WS 97+
      • 2007 Schrader T6 Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 99 Pts. The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard T6 (clone 6) undergoes a barrel aging regime of 20 months in 90% new Darnajou and 10% new Taransaud barrels. More backward and tightly-knit than the RBS, it offers hints of charcoal, burning embers, blackberries, and cassis in its tannic, powerful, structured personality. In short, none of these 2007s lack structure or concentration, but the T6 should not be touched for at least 7-8 years. It is a brilliant effort boasting super purity, texture, length, and concentration that is capable of 30+ years of evolution.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 97+ Pts. Shows fantastic aromas of creamy mocha- and espresso-laced oak, with a beam of perfectly ripe plum, blackberry and raspberry flavors that are tight, pure and focused, joined by complex layers of loamy earth, mineral, cedar and sage, all folding together on the finish in a beautiful tapestry of flavors. Amazing length. Best from 2012 through 2026.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2006 Schrader T6 — WA 98  WS 99
      • 2006 Schrader T6 Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 98 Pts. The similarly-styled 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon T6 displays extraordinary focus and precision along with lavish amounts of creme de cassis fruit intermixed with smoked herbs, milk chocolate, and burning embers. Powerful yet silky-textured and sumptuously rich, this is another stunner to drink over the next 20-25 years.

        As I wrote last year, this is a fascinating portfolio of 100% Cabernet Sauvignons all of them from Beckstoffer-owned vineyards, including the To-Kalon Vineyard in Oakville, and one wine from the George III Vineyard in Rutherford. All the wines are aged in 100% new French oak, usually a combination of Darnajou and Taransaud barrels, with a higher percentage of Darnajou used for the T6, CCS, Old Sparky, and Schrader. The different bottlings are essentially based on specific blocks and/or specific clones of Cabernet Sauvignon. In short, I think the 2006s are arguably the finest wines of the vintage, and the 2007s appear to be as profound.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 99 Pts. A masterpiece. Capturing currant and blackberry fruit at the zenith of ripeness, this is smooth, plush and layered, with a mix of mocha, black cherry, currant and wild berry all flowing together in a steady stream. Firms up nicely on the finish, yet the flavors keep rushing through. Best from 2010 through 2018.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2005 Schrader T6 — WA 95  WS 97
      • 2005 Schrader T6 Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 95 Pts. The dense purple-colored, more powerful 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon T6 (clone 6 of Cabernet Sauvignon) offers notions of sweet cassis interwoven with charcoal, spring flowers, and toasty oak. Ripe, opulent, fleshy, and full-bodied, it is surprisingly approachable for a 2005, and should drink beautifully for two decades.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 97 Pts. Powerful, dark, superrich and deeply concentrated. Massive yet elegant, with a dense core of mocha-laced currant, blackberry, wild berry and toasty, cedary oak. Finishes with a long, intense and persistent finish.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2003 Schrader T6 — WA 99  WS 95
      • 2003 Schrader T6 Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 99 Pts. Virtually perfect, the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon T6 Beckstoffer To- Kalon Vineyard offers up an awesome display of fragrant creosote, white chocolate, blackberries, cassis, cedarwood and incense. Full-bodied with a multidimensional mouthfeel, excellent opulence and layers of fruit, it possesses stunning purity and richness, a phenomenally fragrant nose (the most aromatic of all these Schrader Cabs), and a long finish. The tannins suggest another 3-4 years of cellaring will be beneficial. It should keep for 20+ years.

        These wines represent an obsessive-compulsive intellectual study of the effect of different Cabernet Sauvignon clones in a single vineyard, in this case, the great Beckstoffer To-Kalon site in Oakville. Made by Thomas Brown for Fred (Old Sparky) and Carol Schrader, these wines are all stunning. At age ten, they are just beginning to reveal some nuances and differences illustrated by this clonal exercise.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 95 Pts. Forceful, persistent and remarkably youthful, with a rugged, chewy mix of deep dark berry, mocha, mineral and iron. Gains depth and maintains intensity through the long, lingering finish, aided by gripping tannins that lend the flavors traction. 2003 California Cabernet blind retrospective.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

  • SCHRADER OLD SPARKY
    • 2011 Schrader "Old Sparky" — WA 95
      • 2011 Schrader "Old Sparky" Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 95 Pts. The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Old Sparky reveals lots of cassis, spring flower, graphite and spice characteristics along with good minerality. Medium to full-bodied and strikingly rich, it, too, is a great success for the vintage. It should drink well for 15 or more years.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    • 2010 Schrader "Old Sparky" — WA 98  WS 97
      • 2010 Schrader "Old Sparky" Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 98 Pts. The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Old Sparky, made from clone 4, 6 and 337, displays a dense opaque purple color as well as an incredible nose of graphite, cedarwood, incense, licorice, Christmas fruitcake, vanillin and abundant blackberry and black currant liqueur. Gorgeously rich and textured with a nearly endless finish, this super intense, full throttle wine needs 5-7 years of bottle age and should drink well over the following 25-30 years. It was aged 20 months in 100% new oak barrels.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 97 Pts. Impeccably balanced, with powerful currant, dark berry, mocha, floral and understated cedar notes, this wine begs for cellaring as it is just beginning to reveal its depth and dimensions. Ends with chewy, gripping, ripe, flavorful tannins. Best from 2015 through 2032. 200 cases made.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2009 Schrader "Old Sparky" — WA 97  WS 97
      • 2009 Schrader "Old Sparky" Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 97 Pts. The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Old Sparky Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is remarkably finessed for such a big wine. Mint, mocha, violets, tar and licorice are some of the many notes that swirl around in the glass. The balance of fruit, structure and acidity is just breathtaking. A huge, kaleidoscopic finish rounds things out in style. Old Sparky is a blend of the estate’s best barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2029.

        — Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 97 Pts. Ultrarich and polished, dense and concentrated, with potent mocha-laced currant, blackberry, black licorice and sandalwood flavors, firming on the finish, where the tannins are ripe and well-structured. Best from 2014 through 2032.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2008 Schrader "Old Sparky" — WA 100  WS 98
      • 2008 Schrader "Old Sparky" Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 100 Pts. From the reviews I gave Schrader's 2007s and 2008s last year and the 2005s and 2006s previously, to the recent Wine Spectator cover story on Fred and Carol Schrader, there doesn't appear to be a hotter Cabernet Sauvignon producer in the New World than this small boutique winery. Their wines have already received four perfect scores and with this report, that grows to six... The wines are incredibly expressive examples of Cabernet Sauvignon that are as good as it gets for this varietal. Of course they are more similar than dissimilar, but I suspect virtually every vintage they have produced to date has 25-40 years of cellaring potential, and long term aging should produce more and more subtle differences to support this compulsive study of clones and parcels within a given vineyard. I'll try and keep my notes simple, but these are profoundly great, world-class wines.

        Another candidate for perfection, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Old Sparky comes from Clone 4, Clone 6 and Clone 337 although Clone 6 dominates the blend. Also a monumental wine, it is not as nuanced as the CCS or the RBS, but it possesses serious minerality as well as huge notes of tobacco leaf, pain grille, spring flowers, blueberries, blackberries, and licorice in both the aromatic and flavor profiles. The finish is endless in this super-intense, rich wine. Like all these wines, it is a 25- to 40-year effort although the sweetness of the tannin and the emerging complexity permits enjoyment even at this infantile stage.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 98 Pts. Amazingly complex, exhibiting a seamless, sophisticated mix of ripe blueberry, currant and hard red candy flavors, with a firm, loamy earth foundation. Yet for all this delivers up front and from midpalate on, it's the finish that sets it apart, sailing along ever so gracefully. Best from 2012 through 2025.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2007 Schrader "Old Sparky" — WA 100  WS 100
      • 2007 Schrader "Old Sparky" Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 100 Pts. The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard Old Sparky (a magnums-only blend of clone 4 from two separate blocks, clone 6, and clone 337) is another perfect wine. Ridiculous levels of concentration, without heaviness, extraordinary opulence, and amazing exuberance and flamboyance are found in this beauty along with abundant notes of creme de cassis, cedarwood, spring flowers, lead pencil shavings, and a hint of hot pebbles. It also displays outstanding purity, depth, and full-bodied power. There is a strong undercurrent of minerality in all of these wines which sets 2007 apart from other rich vintages such as 2002. The Old Sparky should also age effortlessly for three decades or more.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 100 Pts. Incredibly rich and layered, with a profound mix of pure ripe plum, crème de cassis, blackberry, wild berry, spice, red and black licorice, mocha, mineral and fresh-cut flowers—simply amazing flavors that are pure and balanced, combining power with finesse. Ends with a tapered finish that weaves together the flavors with ripe, polished, yet firm tannins. Drink now through 2030.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2006 Schrader "Old Sparky" — WA 100  WS 99
      • 2006 Schrader "Old Sparky" Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 100 Pts. The flagship wine, the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Old Sparky, is another remarkable effort, offering up smoky blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with notions of bouquet garni, roasted meats, creosote, and cedar. Tasting like a first-growth Pauillac from a very ripe, extravagantly rich vintage, this wine looks set to enjoy 25-30 or more years of longevity, as do all of these compelling Cabernets.

        As I wrote last year, this is a fascinating portfolio of 100% Cabernet Sauvignons all of them from Beckstoffer-owned vineyards, including the To-Kalon Vineyard in Oakville, and one wine from the George III Vineyard in Rutherford. All the wines are aged in 100% new French oak, usually a combination of Darnajou and Taransaud barrels, with a higher percentage of Darnajou used for the T6, CCS, Old Sparky, and Schrader. The different bottlings are essentially based on specific blocks and/or specific clones of Cabernet Sauvignon. In short, I think the 2006s are arguably the finest wines of the vintage, and the 2007s appear to be as profound.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 99 Pts. A wow-ish mix of opulence and restraint, offering ripe, seductive currant and blackberry fruit that's full-bodied and complex, turning elegant and refined yet gaining depth and richness on the finish. Builds to an amazing crescendo of flavors. Best from 2010 through 2017.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2005 Schrader "Old Sparky" — WA 96  WS 95
      • 2005 Schrader "Old Sparky" Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 96 Pts. The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Old Sparky is a fabulous effort. Dense purple-hued with sweet, smoky, blackberry, cassis, roasted meats, toast, and licorice, it possesses tremendous texture, a sumptuous mid-palate, and a stunning finish. It will provide immense pleasure for two decades.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 95 Pts. This has beautifully integrated fruit and oak, with pure, ripe, spicy currant, plum and black cherry fruit, shaded by toasty, spicy, cedary oak. The tannins are ripe and fine-grained, and the finish sails on, notably elegant, refined and sophisticated.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2004 Schrader "Old Sparky" — WA 95  WS 95+
      • 2004 Schrader "Old Sparky" Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 95 Pts. Impressive for its delicacy, finesse and flavors that build, with intense, concentrated ripe cherry and plum flavors that are deep and persistent, with spice, cedar and berry-laced fruit on the smooth, polished finish.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 95+ Pts. The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Old Sparky, which is 100% Beckstoffer fruit, and essentially a different blend of clones, primarily Clone 6, is dazzling. This wine is dense purple in color with a big, smoky, floral nose of blueberry, blackberry, creosote, and some pain grille. Its terrific texture, fabulous opulence, and power all augur for a wine that will last 20 or more years.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2003 Schrader "Old Sparky" — WA 97+  WS 94+
      • 2003 Schrader "Old Sparky" Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 97+ Pts. Nearly as tannic as the Schrader Beckstoffer To-Kalon, the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Old Sparky Beckstoffer To- Kalon Vineyard is the first vintage where Thomas Brown and the Schraders were able to use all of their clones in the blend. Relatively backward and not as open-knit aromatically and fragrant as the T6 or RBS, and not as exuberant as the Schrader To-Kalon, it possesses fabulous intensity, a full-bodied richness and lots of blue and black fruit notes intermixed with graphite and cedarwood. This impressive young wine reminds me of a first growth Pauillac. Forget it for 4-5 years and drink it over the following two decades.

        These wines represent an obsessive-compulsive intellectual study of the effect of different Cabernet Sauvignon clones in a single vineyard, in this case, the great Beckstoffer To-Kalon site in Oakville. Made by Thomas Brown for Fred (Old Sparky) and Carol Schrader, these wines are all stunning. At age ten, they are just beginning to reveal some nuances and differences illustrated by this clonal exercise.

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

        Rated 94+ Pts. The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Old Sparky is essentially a selection of the best barrels. A big, structured cuvee, it is full-bodied, dense, and as backward as the 2003 T-6, but with sweeter cassis-like aromas and flavors. This big, rich, bold, boisterous Cabernet Sauvignon will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and should keep for two decades.

        — James Laube, Wine Spectator

    • 2002 Schrader "Old Sparky" — WA 100
      • 2002 Schrader "Old Sparky" Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

        Rated 100 Pts. The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Old Sparky (which is only available in magnums) is a wine of great intensity as well. More similar than dissimilar to its two siblings, it seems to be backward. If I did not know its age, I would have guessed it had just been bottled. Stunningly pure notes of graphite, blueberries, creme de cassis, and a hint of toasty oak soar from the glass as if propelled by jet propulsion. In the mouth, the wine is full-bodied with high tannins, but nothing is out of balance. Tasting from magnum makes for a slightly younger showing of the wine, but this is unquestionably a brilliant wine. It, too, needs to be forgotten for 7-10 years, and drunk over the following 25

        — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate