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Bud Break to Bottle

While it is true that harvest brings the most excitement to the valley, for winemakers, bottling brings the greatest reward. Bottling signals the culmination of months, often years, of meticulous care and the opportunity for winemakers to preserve the character of the vintage. As we begin the bottling cycle of our exceptional 2012 Cabernets, this reward has never been greater.

This is probably not the first time you have heard about the glories of the this vintage and likely won't be the last. With a quality unseen in the Napa Valley since the legendary 2007 season, it is matched only by the promise of 2013.

The Schrader team has been hard at work high atop the hills of Howell Mountain, where thanks to the brilliance of our winemaker Thomas Brown and the diligent efforts of his rock star team, we are pleased to report that our delicious 2012 Double Diamond Cabernet is nestled quietly in its bottle for release this fall.

With the vines just going through bud break, we are excited for a new cycle of wine growing in 2014.