Schrader T6 Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Schrader T6 Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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Intense and concentrated, the 2012 Schrader T6 is a fully amped, super-sexy Cabernet fruit bomb offering the most provocative profile in the Schrader portfolio. A study in clone 6, this wine reveals heady aromas of blackberry, raspberry, and cherry combined with savory spice. Upon entry, the wallop of fruit and spice continues to play upon the palate and creates an immensely pleasurable sensory experience. 

Vintage 

In the words of Henry Hartman, “success always comes when preparation meets opportunity.” With more than a decade of experience in the vineyard we definitely had the preparation part down, however we were happily surprised by the unlimited opportunity given to us by Mother Nature in 2012. The growing conditions were beyond fabulous, provding the double benefit of phenomenal quality as well as grand abundance, a winemaker’s dream. Serendipitous and trouble-free, the pristine conditions of the season delivered a harvest with both marvelous quality and ample quantity, an ideal combination.

Vineyard 

Originally planted by pioneer Hamilton Crabb in 1868, To Kalon  – meaning highest beauty in Greek – is a noble “first growth” estate in Oakville that has established itself as the preeminent source of Napa Valley’s finest grapes. The vineyard is defined by its high mineral content and exceptional drainage and offers optimal north-south sun exposure by day with cool coastal breezes at night which we feel is the ideal environment for growing our Cabernet Sauvignon.   

Critical Praise 

Rated 95 The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard T6, which is from Clone 6 in a different block of Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, is aged in 86% new Darnajou and 14% new Taransaud. This wine is not terribly different, but Clone 6 is believed to be old Bordeaux clones brought over to Napa Valley and propagated. The wine has terrific fruit intensity, blackcurrants, blackberry, licorice, creosote and espresso roast. Deep, full-bodied, powerful and rich, this, again, shows the vintage’s voluptuous texture, full-bodied power and richness.

— Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Rated 95 Steadily builds from a tight, rich core of mocha-laced currant and blackberry to a broader, more expansive mix that folds in creamy, toasty, mocha-laced oak, unfolding to reveal tiers of flavor and nuance.

— Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate