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2011 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

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7/31/2015 - Jeff Leve wrote: 93 points

Given the reputation of the difficult, 2011 vintage, I was not expecting a wine with this much richness, plush, ripe tannins and concentration, but that is what you get when you cull your yields down to 3/4 a ton per acre. The wine delivers a blast of sweet, black and blue fruits, licorice, espresso and chocolate covered berries in every sniff, swirl and sip.

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2012 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon RBS Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

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7/30/2015 - dcwino wrote: 98 points

Two friends sharing two bottles of wine: Pop and pour, my impression exactly mirrors Bob’s. Explosive cult cab nose displaying perfectly ripe blueberries, crème de cassis dominates, lead pencil, licorice, incense, very noticeable luxurious oak via vanilla, floral note that I get in young cab, chocolate covered cherry and earth. Incredible concentration, unctuous, silky and warm, opulent crème de cassis driven palate impression, perfect amount of acidity and tannin is not noticeable masked by incredibly sweet fruits. The finish is seamless and incredibly long.

This is a very cultish expression of Cab fruit and very Schrader, ie ripe and intense but quite precise in cultish way with strong presence of luxurious oak. What I love about Schrader is the fruit expression is blue vs red, e.g. Hundred Acre and other really ripe cult cabs. If you are a fan of old school Napa cab with slightly less ripeness and concentration, ie green pepper and no incense and luxurious oak via vanilla, this certainly is not the wine for you. The fact that two of us shared a bottle helps as in a big tasting setting, my impression could have easily been “too much”. Though first sip shows strong presence of oak, it settles nicely or I get used to oak and it becomes less noticeable. I prefer to pop and pour young cult cabs. If you wish for less oak and cooler/calmer overall expression, you can certainly decant for a few hours or more. This strangely brings back the memories of the wonderful hedonistic experiences of the 94 Harlan upon release. Schrader wines were hot a couple years ago but the prices have come down a bit. For my palate, Schraders represent very good value compare to other cult cabs.

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2008 Morlet Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Cœur de Vallée Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

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7/26/2015 - csimm1161 wrote: 94 points

Black licorice and earth on the nose. The aromas repeat on the palate, along with that distinctive BTK black fruit, coffee, charcoal, ink, and graphite. A less sweet, more earthy version, (by Morlet and BTK standards), dominated by the black licorice note. Hints of clove and spice on the back end. A classic, dark cabernet. Entering a good drinking window now, but might have just a little more short term unwinding to do.

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2012 TOR Kenward Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

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7/25/2015 - cubswinws Likes this wine: 96 points

Drank at Bistro Jeanty in Yountville. Bought the wine that afternoon. Decanted an hour before. I know its too young but this wine is really good. Plush, velvety mouthfeel with soft,fine tannins and long finish of blackfruit and cocoa. Really impressive.

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2002 Behrens & Hitchcock Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

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7/26/2015 - levinml wrote: 94 points

Huge and great flavor, but wish I'd waited another couple years. When this settles down and develops a little more secondary flavors, it will be spectacular. Wait a couple more years, if you can.

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2009 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon "Old Sparky" Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

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7/1/2015 - tp096255 wrote: NR

Coravin Lesson #1: Do not access a bottle, overpressurizing it in the process, then stand that bottle up at room temp. Fortunately I drank about 60% of this bottle before it turned all porty. And by all porty, I mean ALL PORTY. Like a bad version of a Cabernet Port you probably had from some cheezy winery in a bad wine region. It's such a shame because this was a great wine, but this shows you what improper handling will do. I had planned on finishing the bottle in short order but then ended up on a restricted diet for the next several months. Now I went back to this same exact bottle from my earlier note and the wine is destroyed. It's essentially undrinkable but I'm trying to drink it as my punishment. Just so I remember what I did to that poor little wine. All those berries gave their life for me and I did them wrong. So sad. I am a bad dog. I have learned my lesson.

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2011 TOR Kenward Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

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7/21/2015 - michigan dogs Likes this wine: 93 points

Drinking very well now with no noticeable tannins, however, on the 2nd day I was very surprised that the fruit was very muted and wine was nothing special. 85pts. Not sure this would happen again with this wine since it rarely does with any other high quality wines,

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2012 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon RBS Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

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7/20/2015 - pdemaio Likes this wine: 95 points

Young, but already showing promise. A big, boisterous, rough and tumble wine. Needs time to integrate. Caymus on steroids. I'd give it 5 years to round into shape and come into balance.
PDQ94-97

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2007 Kitchak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Concerto Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

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7/15/2015 - Barakahn Likes this wine: 93 points

a sense of overripeness on the nose, then blackberry. rest of Cab profile nicely balanced. velvety full mouthfeel. dense. medium finish. could have used a bit more tannins.

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2006 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

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7/19/2015 - stconner Likes this wine: 95 points

Decanted it for 3.5 hours prior to drinking. Very dark wine with a great nose. It is well balanced as it still has great fruit on the mid-palate, but definitely not a fruit bomb, and nice long finish. This wine is drinking great now, but probably still has a long life ahead of itself.

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2012 Bounty Hunter Cabernet Sauvignon Blind Justice Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

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7/19/2015 - bluegoose wrote: 94 points

I expected more in light of my experiences with previous vintages of this wine as well as the outstanding 2012 vintage. Followed a 2010 Lewelling Wight and 2012 Mercury Head cab which were quite a bit better. Nice fairly deep/dark fruit up-front (medium plus body). Smooth mid-palate - the tannins are already integrated quite well for how young it is. Nice fairly deep/long finish. However, the fruit is not as deep/complex as I expected and especially in comparison to the other two cabs. Decanted for two hours and drank over another two. Improved with time.

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2012 TOR Kenward Family Wines Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

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7/18/2015 - csimm1161 wrote: 94 points

Up front dark red and blue fruit flavor profile. Nuances of licorice and cocoa dust follow. The pure fruit power typical of many 2012 Cabernets dominates. Understandably primary, with some restrained minerality, hinting at more earth and richer chocolate complexities to come with additional time in bottle. Very drinkable now with a recommended decant. At least a few years for prime time drinking. (2009 Tor cabs are drinking really well right now).

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2012 Carter Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon The O.G. Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

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7/12/2015 - csimm1161 wrote: 96 points

Had this wine back in late 2014, and enjoyed its rich, smooth, dark personality. Tasted again last weekend, with similar notes (hasn't noticeably evolved too much yet for me). Nose is a bit muted at first, but then opens up to some cold crushed dark fruit and roasted coffee aromas. On the palate, it is all about that outstanding BTK black fruit profile; cassis, espresso, and rich dark chocolate coiled up fairly tight at the moment. Tastes similar to the '12 Three Kings, but the O.G. has a slightly darker, more "medieval" brooding persona about it, in the best of ways! Mike Smith + first growth fruit + great vintage = an outstanding Carter BTK lineup. Will try the O.G. again in a year.

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2010 World's End Cabernet Sauvignon Good Times, Bad Times Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

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7/13/2015 - Yack Man wrote: 87 points

Very disappointing. Lite, tart, and acidic. I enjoy Beckstoffer To-Kalon fruit source and this wine drinks nothing like that appellation to me. It is not terrible but I expected much more. I picked this one up on sale and I'm glad I didn't pay more for it. I will stop at this point, as there is not much good that comes to mind about this Cab. I WOULD NOT recommend this wine.

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2005 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

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5/9/2015 - canan wrote: 95 points

SQN - Legends: Impressive but difficult to assess next to so many SQNs.

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2007 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

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7/12/2015 - floridawinedrkr Likes this wine: 98 points

Decanted 6 hours. Huge blueberry pie nose. Still big oak & wood flavors that blew off after 20 minutes in the glass. Very dark, buttery, and very rich flavors. This is a big wine. Huge mouth feel. Absolutely spectacular. see my previous notes on this wine.

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2007 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

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7/12/2015 - ungerlei wrote: 99 points

Wow!

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2006 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

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7/11/2015 - Meneley wrote: NR

Ripe black fruits, sweet spice from oak. Tannins starting to melow. LO

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2008 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

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7/4/2015 - dkwins Likes this wine: 96 points

outstanding, even at 4th of July BBQ. Well structured and drank well from moment opened.

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2008 Realm Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

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7/3/2015 - TwoSmoochies Likes this wine: 94 points

served in London. Lots of texture with notes of chocolate. It was WOTN

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2012 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon CCS Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

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6/30/2015 - tomoem Likes this wine: 100 points

This is the highest achievement (perfection) of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape in Napa Valley for this year. Probably the standard. What else can I say but that I have 5 left. These are great wine values at the price point I paid $ 600/ p.

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2012 Morlet Family Vineyards Cabernet Franc Force de la Nature Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

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6/29/2015 - jhoffberger Likes this wine: 99 points

Worth the $225-$250 price tag. A truly remarkable bottle that sets the benchmark for cab franc.

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2012 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon CCS Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

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6/28/2015 - Loren Sonkin wrote: 100 points

1500 Parker Points of Wines (GHT): Inky purple in color. The nose is great with black raspberries, blueberries, some pencil lead and some charred wood. On the palate, this drinks much deeper than the Bevan. While not as delicious perhaps, it has complexity and depth to it that event his young, is obvious and interesting. Great pure cassis fruit on the palate. Wonderful slippery yet full texture. Long finish. I suspect this shuts down a bit, but right now its amazing.

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2012 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon CCS Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

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6/28/2015 - shadow wrote: 100 points

Second time, and just getting better.
Palate pleasing ballance of tannins, fruit, hint of leather, this is "IT"

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2009 Carter Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

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6/27/2015 - tim m wrote: 95 points

Wow. Not over the top but this wine is fruit forward, really nice balance of tannin, fruit and a super long finish. I don't know that you could ask for more from a California cab.

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