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.
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.