Schrader RBS Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Exquisitely aromatic, this gorgeous perfume-like wine is the pure essence of Cabernet. Upon entry, luxurious aromas of cassis, plums, and violets wrap the senses, giving way to alluring notes of sweet spice, crushed flowers and elegant wet gravel minerality. Velvety smooth and plush with exceptional balance, the vibrancy and finesse of this wine carry through to the generous finish.
The 2010 growing season began cool and wet, and by early summer we knew harvest would be delayed by as much as three weeks. Growers around the valley feared the cooler season would not allow the grapes to fully ripen so many, including us, made early thinning passes through the vineyard to reduce the crop load and concentrate the vines’ energy. While it was the right thing to do, the decision of when to thin and by how much proved critical as the Napa Valley sweltered under a late August heat spike which saw temperatures climb above the 110 degree mark. We were fortunate, as our vines handily endured the extreme weather and the clusters showed little evidence of sunburn or shrivel. Following this one significant heat event, we enjoyed an extended spell of warm, Indian summer weather that carried through until early October. The ideal conditions allowed the clusters to gain optimal ripeness and maturity.
Originally planted by pioneer Hamilton Crabb in 1868, To Kalon – meaning highest beauty in Greek – this noble “first growth” estate in Oakville has established itself as the preeminent source of Napa Valley’s finest grapes. The vineyard is defined by its high mineral content and exceptional drainage, offering north-south sun exposure by day with cool coastal breezes at night which we feel is the ideal environment for growing our Cabernet Sauvignon.
Rated 97 Pts. Super-ripe plums, cassis, mint, mocha and violets caress the palate as the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon RBS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard opens up in the glass. The RBS stands out for its gorgeous inner perfume, sweetness and plushness. Layers of fruit build effortlessly as this gracious, highly expressive wine flows through to its plush, generous finish. The minerality of the vintage comes alive on the vibrant, beautifully delineated finish laced with sensual crushed flower overtones. This is another striking wine. The RBS is clone 337 from the B1, B2 and E2 blocks.
— Antonio Galloni, 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.
— James Laube, Wine Spectator