Vineyard : Beckstoffer To Kalon
Appellation : Oakville, Napa Valley
Varietal : 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Cooperage : Aged 20 months in rare Darnajou French oak barrels
A perennial favorite of Robert Parker, this young wine brilliantly carries forward the tradition of excellence established by the Schrader CCS marque. With explosive fruit aromatics, lavish texture, and a luxurious mouth-feel, the 2014 Schrader CCS shines with effusive flavors of blueberry, blackberry, and cassis, and alluring notes of jasmine and pencil lead. This is a monumental wine with ample structure that will continue to evolve for decades to come.
Rated 98 Another one of my favorites is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon CCS, which is clone 4 from the To Kalon Vineyard in Oakville. This is aged in 100% new Darnajou and is one of the larger cuvées at 510 cases. Wonderfully sweet, velvety tannins, a big sweet nose of white flowers, blackberry and cassis along with cedar wood, charcoal and graphite are all present in this full-bodied opulent wine that also retains wonderful elegance. It finished at 14.6% alcohol and will drink beautifully now as well as over the next 15-20 years.
— Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate