Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Year-in and year-out this is one of the most interesting as well as fascinating group of wines and projects in Napa Valley. First, Schrader has two committed owners, secondly a brilliant winemaker in Thomas Brown, and thirdly, one of the true first-growth vineyard sites in all of Napa Valley, the famed Beckstoffer-owned To Kalon Vineyard in Oakville. There is also a new Beckstoffer vineyard in Oakville called Las Piedras. Additionally, they source grapes from the Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard in Rutherford, several miles north of Oakville. In top vintages, Schrader’s Beckstoffer Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines can be as good as money can buy ... anywhere in the world. The Schraders are essentially giving consumers a microscopic, intense study of the differences between clones from one particular vineyard. Production levels range from 100-200 cases to as high as 400 cases. The total production is well under 1,800 cases of wine, even in such generous vintages as 2012. These offerings, which are aged 18-20 months in a majority of Darnajou French barrels with some Taransaud, are much more similar than dissimilar, but I think long-term aging will begin to reveal differences, and that’s the objective with these separate cuvees. All of these wines will keep for a minimum of 25-40 years.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Super-ripe plums, cassis, mint, mocha and violets caress the palate as the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon RBS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard opens up in the glass. The RBS stands out for its gorgeous inner perfume, sweetness and plushness. Layers of fruit build effortlessly as this gracious, highly expressive wine flows through to its plush, generous finish. The minerality of the vintage comes alive on the vibrant, beautifully delineated finish laced with sensual crushed flower overtones. This is another striking wine. The RBS is clone 337 from the B1, B2 and E2 blocks.
Combines power with finesse, though at this point the torque wins out, pushing this into overdrive. Tiers of spice, flowers and dark and red berry, with notes of licorice, flow before the tannins clamp down, giving the wine a chewy aftertaste. Ends with a teasing lift. Best from 2016 through 2030.