Schrader T6 Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
With a heady and compelling mix of ultra-ripe red and black fruit layered with notes of smoked herbs and exotic spices, the full-throttle 2013 Schrader T6 is the most provocative wine in our portfolio. The layers of black fruit continue to dance with the spice on the palate and lead to an incredibly pleasurable mouthfeel with a finish that lasts a lifetime. A perennial stunner, in the words of winemaker Thomas Brown, “The Schrader T6 is all about everything in abundance and everything in perfect balance.”
In 2013 the grapes enjoyed month upon glorious month of effortless sunny days followed by clear, cool nights. Warm spring temperatures gave way to an early budbreak and the consistent, dry weather afforded an optimal fruit set. The favorable conditions seamlessly continued through the summer and we faced none of the rogue heat spikes or rain threats that might otherwise challenge a strong vintage. Once in barrel, the wine continued to develop and gain profound flavors that led to winemaker Thomas Brown stating “These are the finest wines I have ever made.”
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 gravelly, eluvial, loamy soils that offer high mineral content and exceptional drainage for the vines. The north-south planting orientation and prime mid-valley location provide optimal sun exposure by day and cool coastal breezes at night that make it the perfect growing environment for Cabernet Sauvignon.
Rated 98 The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon T6, which is clone 6, offers more barbecue smoke, roasted meats and oodles of creme de cassis and blackberry. It is rich, full-bodied, intense, and stunningly pure and well-balanced. This is another tour de force from the Schraders and Thomas Rivers Brown. It should drink well for 25-30 years as well.
— Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate