Ratings & Tasting notes:
97 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
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.
96 points James Suckling
Fruity and relatively elegant. Toasted notes, nuts and vanilla, as well as blackberries. The palate is well balanced and velvety with subtle power. Full and flavorful. Finishes a tiny bit short, but should open with time.
Stored in a climate controlled cellar on its side in the dark at 55 degrees F and 75% humidity since purchase.