Schrader Colesworthy Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
The newest offering from Schrader Cellars, Schrader ‘Colesworthy’ consists of the finest barrels of wine made from a ‘sweet spot’ of the Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard. Upon entry, the nose offers ultra ripe fruit, especially cherry and candied fruits mixed with lingering notes of rocky minerality. As this salacious wine opens up in the glass its herbal notes give way to enticing floral aromas that perfectly complement the lush fruit flavors. Defined by its elegance and finesse, this wine represents the epitome of Cabernet Sauvignon with its piercing fruit character and outstanding balance.
In the words of Henry Hartman, “success always comes when preparation meets opportunity.” With more than a decade of experience in the vineyard we definitely had the preparation part down, however we were happily surprised by the unlimited opportunity given to us by Mother Nature in 2012. The growing conditions were beyond fabulous, providing the double benefit of phenomenal quality as well as grand abundance, a winemaker’s dream. Serendipitous and trouble-free, the pristine conditions of the season delivered a harvest with marvelous quality and ample quantity, an ideal combination.
The Las Piedras Vineyard, a name that translates to “the stones” in Spanish, is an exceptional rolling estate in North East St. Helena district that carries a rich viticultural history dating back to its founding by Edward Bale in the 1840s. An exceptional terroir makes this vineyard unique, where the vines contour to the gentle slope and live in rocky soil that creates a perfectly stressed environment ideal for Cabernet Sauvignon. The result is fruit that is remarkably dense and wonderfully concentrated, abundant with a provocative and elegant minerality, and bursting with deep, lush black and blue fruit flavors complemented by magnificent structure.
Rated 95 A selection of the best barrels of this wine, representing only 110 cases or basically 41/2 barrels, is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Colesworthy. This is largely Clone 337, aged 20 months in 100% new Darnajou. This is deep, rich, full, backward and not quite as easy to access as its sibling, although at some point the Schraders and Thomas Brown thought these were the best barrels from Las Piedras. It seems to share much of its siblings opaque purple color, lots of coffee, blackberry and cassis fruit, charcoal and graphite, but seems to also require more bottle age to round into shape. Forget it for 3-4 years and drink it over the following 20-25 years.
— Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Rated 94 Notably elegant, with complex aromas of rich dark berry, shaded by dusty dried herb and cedar notes, all supported by firm, finegrained tannins. Gains depth and persistence, gliding along on the finish.
— James Laube, Wine Spectator