Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard 2006
WA98+: As I wrote last year, this is a fascinating portfolio of 100% Cabernet Sauvignons all of them from Beckstoffer-owned vineyards, including the To-Kalon Vineyard in Oakville, and one wine from the George III Vineyard in Rutherford. All the wines are aged in 100% new French oak, usually a combination of Darnajou and Taransaud barrels, with a higher percentage of Darnajou used for the T6, CCS, Old Sparky, and Schrader. The different bottlings are essentially based on specific blocks and/or specific clones of Cabernet Sauvignon. In short, I think the 2006s are arguably the finest wines of the vintage, and the 2007s appear to be as profound. Given the fact that these wines seem to put on weight once they are in bottle, the 2007s may eclipse the extraordinary 2006s produced by Carol and Fred Schrader, and their brilliant winemaker, Thomas Brown.
WS95: Pure and rich, with sweet-tasting dark berry and currant notes that are juicy and lively, unfolding to offer layers of complexity and an elegant body that makes this glide across the palate, firming nicely on the aftertaste, where this displays a dusty, loamy earth character.