Schrader CCS Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
A wine that seems to hit all of the sweet spots on my palate is the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard CCS made from clone 4. It possesses about the same amount of alcohol as the other wines (14.5%), and is aged 20 months in 100% new oak, but it reveals an opulence, voluptuousness and a seamless haute couture fashion. There is something Pomerol-like in the 2010 CCS that I have not noticed in previous vintages. That may be due to the upfront, appealing, stunningly rich, voluptuous style. This is a Cabernet Sauvignon of great nobility and character that, despite its precociousness, should age for 25+ years. Sadly, the production of 156 cases pales in comparison to the 520 cases made in 2012.
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon CCS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is totally different from the other wines in the lineup. Here it is the wine’s sensuality and pure silkiness that stands out most. Sweet, red berries, flowers, cinnamon and a hint of tobacco meld together in a beautifully balanced, totally harmonious wine. Everything is in the right place. The vibrancy of the vintage is present, but in a more understated, reserved expression than is found in the other Schrader 2010s. The 2010 closed down quickly in the glass, so my sense is it is headed for a period of dormancy. When the 2010 awakens, it will be mind-blowing. The CCS is clone 4 Cabernet from block C1. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030.
Red and black, black and red, a wonderful mix of flavors cloaked in a shawl of chewy, loamy earth and spicy tannins. Backward along with the other Schraders, this begs for cellaring and is sure to offer a pleasant surprise sometime soon. Best from 2015 through 2030.