2014 Schrader Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard CCS
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 Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard 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.
First planted in 1868 by viticultural and winemaking icon Hamilton Crabb, To Kalon Vineyard® has long been regarded as the source of Napa Valley’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Within the prime vineyard blocks, an alluvial fan provides excellent and varied mineral deposits, and the rich soils are filled with marine sediment that gives our wines their distinctive profiles. The vines receive full sun and optimal heat during the day and are cooled by marine fog at night. These conditions allow the Cabernet Sauvignon planted in the vineyard to display its own unique character, and this celebration of individuality is the essence of Schrader ®.
While it was the third consecutive year marked by limited rainfall, the 2014 Vintage offered a perfectly temperate growing season characterized by long, moderate days and cool, clear nights. We began the year with warm spring conditions that gave way to an early budbreak and the consistent, dry weather afforded an optimal fruit set of small berries with incredible concentration. Crop yields were down a bit from 2013, but the quality was magnificent. It was a textbook growing season, every winemaker’s dream.