2011 Beckstoffer To Kalon


The flagship Cabernet of our portfolio, this remarkable wine shows profound black fruit concentrate character with exceptional structure and depth. Dense dark purple in color, this complex, firmly structured blend offers gorgeous aromas of crème de cassis, wild raspberry, black currant and blackberry with penetrating threads of mocha and spice. Perfectly balanced with fine acidity and ample tannins for aging, the super-ripe fruit signature of this wine persists through the long, satisfying finish.

  • Vintage 2011
  • Vineyard Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard
  • Appellation Oakville, Napa Valley
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Clone Clones 4, 6, and 337
  • Cooperage Aged 20 months in rare Darnajou French oak barrels
  • Winemaker Thomas River Brown
  • Tasting Notes

    The flagship Cabernet of our portfolio, this remarkable wine shows profound black fruit concentrate character with exceptional structure and depth. Dense dark purple in color, this complex, firmly structured blend offers gorgeous aromas of crème de cassis, wild raspberry, black currant and blackberry with penetrating threads of mocha and spice. Perfectly balanced with fine acidity and ample tannins for aging, the super-ripe fruit signature of this wine persists through the long, satisfying finish.

  • Accolades

    96 Pts. “The impressive 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is one of the richest of Schrader’s 2011s. Thomas Brown told me that this particular block was picked before the heavy rainfalls arrived and production was a minuscule three-quarters of a ton per acre. Hence, only 52 cases were made. It is a big, rich, atypical wine for a 2011.”
    — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

  • Vineyard

    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 ®.

  • Vintage

    The 2011 vintage was the most challenging harvest we have ever experienced in Napa Valley. In short, the vintage separated producers based on their attention to detail in the vineyard and experience, where timely decision-making became integral to the outcome of the harvest. Extreme reductions in the vineyard were followed by single berry sorting at the winery. In the end, we harvested a very small yet remarkably high quality crop. We are thrilled, though not at all surprised, that winemaker Thomas Brown brilliantly navigated Mother Nature’s gauntlet to produce an exquisite portfolio of wines.