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| ||Tasted by domco on 1/31/2016: Needs time or a lot of air. Some nice dark fruit but hidden behind some pretty fierce tannins. Good but I don't think we gave the bottle it's proper due with a pop and pour. (326 views)|
| ||Tasted by Anonymous on 1/9/2016 & rated 96 points: Various Cabs (Old Greenwich, CT): An impressive wine with incredible muscle and girth, yet for all that concentration, this still avoids being ponderous. Beautifully layered with plums, licorice, blackberry and spice. Lengthy on the back end, with beautifully integrated tannins. Very young, but very promising. (848 views)|
| ||Tasted by corkcork on 1/5/2016 & rated 97 points: Day 1=95|
Day 2=97 (763 views)
| ||Tasted by gharter on 12/31/2015 & rated 96 points: Decanted 2 hours and consumed over the next 2. Beautiful nose of blackberry, current, leather, vanilla and spice. Not an overly sweet nose. Flavors mirror the nose with blackberry, red fruits, a hint of earth, leather, currant and spice. Long smooth finish. Tannins are present but very soft. Very good now, may improve, but should easily hold another 10 years at least. (643 views)|
| ||Tasted by CabIsKing on 12/12/2015 & rated 99 points: Beautiful nose of cassis, blackberries, vanilla and hints of spice. Great complexity, balance and long finish on the tongue. This is truly a pleasure to drink now and for a decade or so. (991 views)|
| ||Tasted by MattLA on 11/15/2015 & rated 95 points: A good wine, but maybe I was expecting too much. Thomas Rivers Brown has a very distinct style of winemaking which was very evident. This wine is very smooth with a finish of cherry licorice, raisins and prunes. For me this tasted like a cross between 2012 Maybach Amoenus, 2012 Caymus Special Select and 2008 Hundred Acre Ark. That's not bad company. Maybe I was just too excited for it and was left wanting a little more. (1133 views)|
| ||Tasted by slywka7 on 11/7/2015 & rated 100 points: Decanted for 2 hours. Aromas of blackberry, current, touch of leather, vanilla and spice. Lot going on in this nose. This is a skyscraper on the palate with Flavors of blackberry, cherry, iron, earth, leather and currant. Finish is amazingly long, lasting well over a minute. A truly phenomenal wine. (1099 views)|
| ||Tasted by cobbpa on 10/10/2015 & rated 96 points: Massive, round, layered but all held together so well. All types of berries and dark fruit, milk chocolate & cacao nib. So much going on. (1045 views)|
| ||Tasted by jmoon on 4/12/2015 & rated 98 points: mindblowing experience consistent w other tasting notes. Tasted the caramel next day. A thrilling wild sensory experience - but not a food wine (2045 views)|
| ||Tasted by OCgasman on 11/29/2014: Buddy generously brought this over. Popped and took a small pour. Very little on the nose and tight and tannic. This screamed for a decant, so did a splash decant. An hour in, started to come around, but was still a bit reticent. 2 hours in, finally showing it's stuff. Obviously young, but great concentration of of dark fruit. Nicely balanced, great complexity...just a really fantastic bottle of wine. If you open this, open it early and give it hours of air. (2646 views)|
| ||Tasted by fdub on 11/14/2014: Really hard to wrap my head around this wine. I am a huge fan of full throttle but this takes it to the next dimension. The Darnajou profile is super intense and seems to mask some of the purity of the fruit. No doubt a well made wine but shockingly a bit over the top for me. (2376 views)|
| ||Tasted by Uglypinga on 10/12/2014: The nose is awesome with smoke, beef, a little black pepper, abd chocolate. The palate is full with loads of chocolate, dark berries, grill notes, and a pleasant herbaceous note. Tannic but delicious (2515 views)|
| ||Tasted by dcwino on 8/9/2014 & rated 98 points: Welcoming Chicago winos - Part Deux (BLT Steak - Washington D.C. - High Octane Wines): As usual incredible concentration and intense fruit without being too much. Intense nose of cassis, crushed blackberries, dark chocolate, liquid smoke, lead pencil and blue flowers. Incredible concentration, unctuous, intense yet cool blue fruit driven palate impression, intense fruit masks the tannins and lovely long finish. This will need to settle a bit but really hedonistic with the intense youthful fruits. (2894 views)|
| ||Tasted by mtolerico on 8/9/2014 & rated 97 points: Great concentration and overall balance. I love Schraders and when opened with enough air they are hard to beat by anything in my book. (2636 views)|
| ||Tasted by beezer6 on 7/23/2013 & rated 97 points: Holy moly! Chris brought this special treat into Bistro Dre with Looty and Johnny.|
It's been a little while since I've sampled a Schrader. How could I possibly forget how fantastic and just plain old delicious their Cabs are - all of them.
Whenever I taste a Schrader the first thing I think of is gorgeous elegant fresh leather. Loads of fruit bombard your senses. Cassis, plums, dark cherries and raspberries. The smoke, earth and leather is killer.
So royal and elegant. This is the absolute pinnacle of Napa Cabernet. I mean, it is completely worth the price tag of now $175. Yes, I've seen it climb over the years from $125 but it's still a steal considering the price of other "blue chip" wines that are rarely this good. The palate is exceptional. Grabs your attention at every sip. Such a long well endowed finish. Big and burly without being over the top. Still great acidity. These wines all tip toe on the brink of perfection. Stunning. Highly recommended. Best wine of 2013 so far! Thanks Chris! (4567 views)
| ||Tasted by wineberg on 5/25/2013 & rated 95 points: Bday Wine Night; 5/24/2013-5/25/2013: Decanted for 12+ hours, leftovers rebottled and recorked overnight. TN is mix of notes from last night and this morning. 14.4% ABV|
Glass staining purple, big, concentrated wine. Definitely very young, but the long decant definitely brought out nuances that weren't there at the start.
Big, youthful nose of ripe blackberries and plums mingle with Napa dirt, chocolate, florals, graphite, fresh cut grass, hint of pepper.
Tannins are very smooth, with grip. Not sure it's a 20 year wine. Doesn't strike me as very acidic. Nice finish that goes on for a minute plus. (4036 views)
| ||Tasted by johnh1001 on 11/26/2012 & rated 93 points: Decanted and drank over two days. As expected from a cult CA cabernet: Huge blackberry fruit, coffee, brown sugar and pepper emerge from the nose. Very ripe and sweet on the palate. Not as long as other vintages and actually pretty tannic on the finish. But still lingers for a long time. The alcohol is present and I am concerned this may fall apart in time but this is certainly a hedonistic wine that can be consumed now or in the next few years. (6181 views)|
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Vinous, 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: An Epic Vintage (Dec 2012)
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Vinous, New Releases from Napa Valley (Dec 2011)
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Cabernet Sauvignon Wikipedia
Beckstoffer To-Kalon VineyardBeckstoffer 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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California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.
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2013 Vintage Notes:
"Napa Valley and virtually all of the North Coast of California (which obviously includes Sonoma and Mendocino Counties as well) has been on a qualitative tear since 2012. 2012 was a great vintage for nearly every varietal in North Coast California, but what is even more remarkable is that 2013 may turn out to be the finest vintage I have experienced in tasting North Coast varietals over the last 37 years. It's a game-changer in terms of the consistency of quality, the depth of quality, and the across-the-board excellence for so many wines." - Robert Parker