Schrader Cellars CCS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Oakville|
I almost always find the CCS cuvée to be the most complete wine in the lineup, and the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard CCS doesn’t do anything to change my opinion. Revealing a deep purple hue as well as a massive bouquet of crème de cassis, white flowers, graphite, and wet stone-like minerality, it has an incredible purity and elegance paired with a massive, rich, full-bodied profile. Still aging in 100% new French oak, it’s a magical wine in the making.
(98-99 points) A soft and velvety-textured red with blackberry, walnut and chocolate character to the dusty and lovely tannins. Juicy and savory. CCS barrel
Vivid, with lush cassis, plum and boysenberry compote flavors rolling through, carried by substantial structure that pulls in warm earth, sweet tobacco, licorice root and sweet bay leaf notes. A violet echo weaves through on the finish as the fruit and earth notes meld. This is Oakville. Best from 2023 through 2040.
Schrader’s CCS comes from Beckstoffer’s To Kalon vineyard in Oakville, produced from clone 4 grown on the C1 block. It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, aging in 100% new Darnajou oak barrels. A very deep purple-black colored barrel sample, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon CCS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is a little shy to begin, soon unfurling to offer a wonderfully fragrant nose of kirsch, cassis, redcurrants and chocolate-covered cranberries with wafts of garrigue, wild thyme and cedar. Medium-bodied, the palate is taut and muscular with loads of mineral sparks among the red and black berry layers and a rock-solid, grainy frame, finishing with a provocative herbal lift. 897 cases are due to be made.