Schrader Cellars Four Pack Assortment Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
One bottle CCS Beckstoffer to Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon; one bottle LPV Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon; two bottles RBS Beckstoffer to Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.
With a tower of cascading flavors, our 2012 Schrader CCS brilliantly reveals the full force power of a pure clone 4 Cabernet, masterfully balanced by monumental structure and super sensual mouthfeel. The spectacular structure of the Schrader CCS is supported by indulgent notes of blackberry and blueberry with hints of black currant that are rounded out by crème de cassis. The naturally smooth, graceful texture of the wine provides an arrestingly enjoyable experience from entry through long, lingering finish that is uniquely Schrader CCS. [RP 100; WS 94]
Building upon a remarkable debut, the 2012 Schrader LPV from the Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard benefited from ideal growing conditions throughout Napa Valley. Using a complement of clone 4 and clone 337, the Schrader LPV is provocative, exceptionally rich, and deeply compelling. The wine offers a luxurious mouth feel and distinctive fruit core that displays aromas of blueberry and blackcurrant mixed with an underlying essence of crushed rock minerality, a testament to this wine's terrific range. Truly delicious, the Schrader LPV fulfills on the promise and the multi-dimensional flavor profile of the Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard. [RP 94; WS 95]
The pure essence of Napa Valley Cabernet, the 2012 Schrader RBS explodes with lush aromatics of ultra-ripe red fruit, most notably raspberry, plum, and freshly picked cherries. The signature of this marque is its unique ability to combine ripe fruit with interesting notes of graphite and minerality. The perfect balance of the grapes at harvest are reflected in the supple and silky mouth feel that bestows the wine with exceptional finesse. With its well-woven tannins and firm structure, the Schrader RBS beautifully balances youthful accessibility with the potential for graceful aging. [RP 98; WS 92]
Wine SpectatorStarts out bold and assertive, with rich dark berry, cedar and nutmeg flavors, revealing touches of espresso, mocha and melted black licorice. Well-built, tight and persistent, this will benefit from short-term cellaring. Best from 2017 through 2029. 620 cases made.
Wine AdvocateThe 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer to Kalon Vineyard CCS is Clone 4 from another block, and always seems to hit all the sweet spots on my palate. It's aged 20 months in 100% new Darnajou barrels. The good news is there are 520 cases of it. Just a prodigious wine, this spectacular Cabernet Sauvignon is inky bluish/purple with a gorgeous nose of spring flowers, blueberry, blackberry and cassis fruit, a touch of background toast and graphite. It has a very full-bodied, multidimensional mouthfeel and a skyscraper-like finish. It is fabulously open, sexy and a total thrill to smell and taste. This should continue to drink well for two decades. Drink date: 2014-2034.