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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 20 
ProducerSchrader Cellars (web)
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon
VineyardBeckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard
SubRegionNapa Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2025 (based on 14 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Schrader Cabernet Sauvignon RBS To Kalon Vineyard on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 96.5 pts. and median of 96 pts. in 25 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by dhammer53 on 6/26/2015 & rated 96 points: Rich and full-bodied. Some tannins, but not overpowering. I tasted some mocha and fruit.

I drank this with Erez (WineBerserker) at North Square in Greenwich Village. Turns out it was his first Schrader! This is certainly a delicious bottle of wine. It was good at pop n pour. I'd suggest a decant for a few hours before drinking, so the wine can open up. Drink now and enjoy, or Hold. We also drank a '92 Grace Family Cab and a '10 Maybach Chard. I preferred the youthville Scrader to the older, more elegant Grace. (559 views)
 Tasted by mreinitz on 5/20/2015 & rated 95 points: Big, rich, and delicious, with blackberry and cassis flavors. Not a ton of complexity, but everything (tannins, acid, mouthfeel) is just perfect. (904 views)
 Tasted by andrewdodd86 on 11/29/2014 & rated 99 points: 99+. Flirting with perfection. All the stuffing is there. Dark raspberry and strawberry not cherry. Dark as motor oil. Purple. Grilling herbs, graphite, explosive. In a few years time I could see it being perfect. (1824 views)
 Tasted by rustyRudy on 11/29/2014 & rated 99 points: My first bottle of Schrader. Celebrating my son's birthday. Dark purple. Fragrant nose of dark fruit, this is a huge wine with blackberry jam, minerals, cassis, and perfectly balanced acid, oak, and fruit. Super long finish really does last for minutes. Excellent at pop and pour, did evolve over two hours, went well with occasionally challenging food. Fantastic juice! (2139 views)
 Tasted by mtolerico on 8/31/2014 & rated 96 points: Opened and decanted in wide base for 3-4 hours. Schrader always gets better with air, and this is no different. Huge concentration, great balance and good complexity. Dark fruit, spice, cassis and integrated oak. Great stuff but as usually only have one bottle... (2340 views)
 Tasted by sterin on 8/25/2014 & rated 96 points: Drinking very well at such a young age. (2304 views)
 Tasted by H Crenshaw on 7/3/2014 & rated 97 points: Decanted for 4 hours. This is absolutely stunning. One of the best bottles of To Kalon I have had. Tons of cherry and red fruit with powerful finish. Classic To Kalon. (1717 views)
 Tasted by B Paul on 3/16/2014 & rated 95 points: Decanted for an hour and half and then followed over next couple of hours. A little air definitely helped this out, but it drank well from the start. These Schrader Cabs are so consistent in terms of quality. (2199 views)
 Tasted by brianngibson on 2/3/2014 & rated 97 points: Having bought the past four vintages, it seemed like it was past time to actually open one for the first time. Decided to take this bottle with us for a night "away" at a hotel, thinking we would have a little before and after dinner. Well, we were running behind, and ended up opening it to breath before walking out to dinner! but didn't have any until after we got back! and of course we had a few drinks at dinner, so we didn't have much more when we got back. Then, the next night was the Super Bowl, and had a glass after coming back from a party with a lot of good beer. Finally finished it off on night 3. NOT. THE WAY. I EXPECTED. TO HAVE MY FIRST SCHRADER.

But it was damn good each night. Seemed really well developed, smooth tannins, and pretty fruit. Unfortunately, the circumstances didn't really lend themselves to more refined notes. But it was good, and not sure that much more is necessary. Maybe next time. (2361 views)
 Tasted by cellar.dweller on 8/3/2013 & rated 96 points: Decanted for 6 hours. This wine was intense, powerful, but smooth all at the same time. Hints of graphite and smoke on the nose. Lots of blue and black fruit with a juicy mouthfeel. 6 hour decant really helped this wine show well at a young age but it will age beautifully for many years to come. (1843 views)
 Tasted by elamasters on 4/6/2013 & rated 96 points: Eric's 40th Birthday Party: This was very tight at first and took over six hours to really open up and give a peek at the beautiful wine hiding inside. Loads of very dark fruit (maybe black currants) along with some vanilla and a hint of cocoa powder. Very structured on the palate with grippy tannins. A few more years in the bottle should help this to become more expressive and unfurl the layers that are tightly wound up right now. (3914 views)
 Tasted by B-Love on 2/9/2013 & rated 97 points: Had with Jeff and wife the night of Winter Storm Nemo. also poured 2008 Greer and 2007 Scarecrow.

On first pour, the RBS tasted similar to an aged Bordeaux: very smooth mouthfeel, secondary characteristics and a nice long finish. Both Jeff and I were pleasantly surprised. But there was one thing missing...structure. I think this will please most drinkers but for how long? I think this should be consumed over the next 3-5 years...but boy, was it yummy. (3621 views)
 Tasted by Rocko1960 on 9/23/2012 & rated 96 points: outstanding (4067 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 8/7/2012: Placed number 3 out of ten..very good but to expensive. (4227 views)
 Tasted by bruce61 on 1/15/2012: At Falltacular, the winner of the silent auction reportedly popped this open, and I was allowed to taste from someone's glass. In one word, WOW! That was amazing. Didn't get enough to really take it for a spin, but for a pop and pour it was not hot, and the tannins seemed just fine. Nice finish. (3934 views)
 Tasted by brigcampbell on 1/15/2012: Falltacular 2012 (FMIII in the OC): Big boys wine for sure. Oil dark color in the glass. I don't have a lot of experience with these wines but I would definitely let it cellar for 5+ more years before openning. The structure and very tannin driven finish was a bit too much for me at that point in its young life. The finish is ENOURMOUS. (5691 views)
 Tasted by JoelZ on 1/1/2012 & rated 97 points: Full-on Napa fruitbomb. Deep, deep fruit with superfine tannins. A nice cocoa note on the finish. Ready to roll now. (3910 views)

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Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

Beckstoffer To Kalon continues to receive worldwide accolades for its wines, particularly in the last decade. The vineyard is on a gentle slope on the western foothills of the Oakville appellation. Soils are Bale loam/Bale clay loam, and are impeccably farmed by Andy Beckstoffer’s team. We have a by-acre contract so we can determine canopy, crop load and picking dates – but rely on the Beckstoffer viticulturists for insight into this unique vineyard to guide our decisions. ... ©2012 Tor Kenward Family Wines
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