2018 Schrader To Kalon Vineyard Heritage Clone


“The profile of the wine has a richness and brightness and red-fruit jamminess, which is balanced by this beautiful savory component.” — Carol Schrader

The Schrader Heritage Clone explodes from the glass with a sumptuous array of tree-ripened red cherries, briar berries, red plums, and raspberries layered with evocative notes of Mandarin orange rind, nectarine blossoms, and chocolate shavings all tipped with sultry tones of savory herbs, hickory embers, and sweet earth. This is an elegant and expressive wine that offers a lush and provocative range of flavor with generous texture and balanced acidity. Interesting and compelling, the Schrader Heritage Clone delivers on the vision of greatness imagined for the heritage clone decades ago by Robert Mondavi.

Vineyard Information

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.

A cool vintage overall, the picking windows for 2019 were very long, which gave us the luxury of harvesting each different vineyard block at the perfect level of ripeness. The moment we pressed the grapes, we knew this wine was heading toward greatness. It’s exhibiting remarkable freshness that perfectly balances its flavor concentration and compares to the exceptional 2001/2002 vintages for tannins and acidity. Wonderfully enjoyable at release but will also be an ideal addition to your cellar for many years to come.

Awards & Accolades

Jeb Dunnuck
My notes on the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon To Kalon Vineyard Heritage Clone started with a big "Wow," and it's clearly a structured, serious, incredibly impressive 2019. Giving up plenty of cassis and assorted black and blue fruits, it has a distinct sense of minerality as well as classic Cabernet tobacco, lead pencil, and tobacco leaf nuances. With bright acidity, building tannins, and a concentrated, massive, backward mouthfeel, it needs to be forgotten for 4-5 years and should have decades of prime drinking. Jeb Dunnuck - JebDunnuck.com
Wine Spectator
Delivers seriously gorgeous fruit, with plum puree, cassis and black cherry páte de fruit notes that are compressed together without losing their clarity and definition, while licorice snap, violet and apple wood notes form the frame. Reveals an iron note that drives underneath on the finish, imbuing everything with latent energy and drive. Big, but in an elephant-balancing-on-a-ball manner; gotta tip the cap. Best from 2023 through 2038. James Moleworth - Wine Spectator