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I don’t wish I was born any sooner as the wines that are being made around the world today are some of the best that planet Earth has ever produced.  You have so many places all over the world making high quality wines but there is something unique about Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. 


The last few vintages from Napa Valley have been outstanding and with the 2020 vintage being a complete wash for many vintners in Napa Valley the prices on ALL the wines from the 2018 and 2019 vintages will be on the rise.  We would advise you to stock up on these last two vintages or the 2017, 2016 vintages as mother nature gave us four excellent vintages in a row from Napa Valley. 


We have followed Fred Schrader’s journey in the wine industry and knew Fred when he was living in Florida and frequented Café Maxx with Ann Colgin who he was married to at that time.  They were in the Collectible Fine Art business and were fans of the former owner of Wine Watch the late great Jim Turner.  We sold the first release of Colgin, the 1992 Herb Lamb which had Fred’s name on the back label until the 1994 vintage when he and Ann split up.


It took Fred Schrader a few years to come out with the first vintage of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon with his name on the bottle and we were excited to see the Gaudemus Vineyard Napa Cabernet Sauvignon made by John Kongsgaard but unfortunately the wine was not very good.  The Wine Spectator rated it (91 Points) but it had to be released alongside the 1999 vintage in 6 packs with 3 bottles of each to sell through.  The thing that changed for Fred in 1999 was he started buying Beckstoffer To Kalon fruit from Andy Beckstoffer and he hired Thomas Rivers Brown as his new Winemaker.  The rest is detailed in the story which is still ongoing even though Fred sold to constellation brands in 2017 the wines are still being made by Thomas Rivers Brown and the fruit is still being sourced from the same vineyards. 


The Best Price in the Country on the “Double Diamond” from Schrader!


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2019 Schrader Double Diamond Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Napa

Price: $75.00       Sale $63.75          6pk $360.00


(94 Points) Dangerously good, with a tendency to sell out upon release, Schrader delivers another heart-breaker of a Cabernet Sauvignon that won’t break the bank. Crafted by Thomas Rivers Brown, this takes full advantage of the sweet spot in Oakville, with heaps of black and blue fruit floating in light oak spice. Immediately delicious, this will mellow beautifully over the next few years.  Jeb Dunnuck


 


A bit about Schrader:


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Fred Schrader is one of the “bad boys” of the Napa Valley.  Fred was not born into the wine business, nor was he born with a silver spoon in his mouth.  Schrader first made his mark first in the world of art collectibles, from books to paintings everything in between.  It seemed like everything that Fred touched turned to money.  As he and his ex-wife, Ann Colgin, began to hang around with the elite events of Napa Valley they befriended some of the locals and became intrigued by the idea of becoming vintners themselves.  Their first vintage was to be 1992 and the wine would be named Colgin-Schrader, but one day Fred woke up and decided that he did not like the idea of marriage and abandoned Ann to once again pursue his wild oats.


Fred left Ann everything when it came to their joint winemaking venture and the 1992 vintage of their wine would be released minus the Schrader, and Colgin has become one of the most sought after Cabernet Sauvignon labels coming from California in the 21st century.  Fred would have to wait five years to establish his own label and in 1998 he released his first wine made by the venerable John Kongsgaard.  Although we feel this wine was a complete flop (the Wine Spectator rated it 91 points).  Schrader Cellars rebounded in 1999 with a new young talent as the winemaker, Thomas Brown.  


The most promising wine that Schrader Cellars is producing began with controversy; if you know Fred you should not be surprised.  One of his fruit sources, the Tokalon Vineyard, is well known as being one of Robert Mondavi’s.  But recently, wines made from grapes from vines belonging to Mr. Andy Beckstoffer, also an owner of the vineyard, have appeared with the Tokalon vineyard designation on the label. One is Paul Hobbs. The other is Schrader.


The brouhaha began on November 5, when Mondavi’s lawyers filed a lawsuit against Fred Schrader for mislabeling, as Mondavi sees it, a wine made from grapes that Schrader bought from Beckstoffer.  Those grapes were from 89 acres that Beckstoffer owns within the 659-acre Tokalon Vineyard, one of Napa’s oldest and most historic vineyards.  The Mondavi complaint is that Schrader, at Beckstoffer’s urging, labeled his 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon “Beckstoffer Original To Kalon Vineyard.” About 300 cases of the $75 wine were released in October.  Mondavi owns 550 acres of the vineyard and has several copyrights on the word “Tokalon” (which Mondavi spells as two words, “To Kalon”). The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court of Northern California, charges Schrader with trademark infringement, and demands that Schrader stop using “To Kalon” and “surrender immediately for destruction” all products, labels and other materials bearing the To Kalon name.


“Our attorneys say [Schrader] can’t use ‘To Kalon’ on his front label because it’s trademarked,” explains Mondavi spokesperson Sandra Timpson.  Schrader says he had no idea the Mondavis would object to his label.  Beckstoffer, whom Mondavi is not suing (“We can’t sue Andy because Andy doesn’t have a wine,” Timpson says), was shocked to learn of Mondavi’s action.  He has agreed to help Schrader pay his legal bills.  Beckstoffer says his part-ownership of Tokalon gives him the “right to the fair use” of the name. The original Tokalon, planted in 1868, consisted, according to records, of 359 acres.  Part of Beckstoffer’s rebuttal is that the Mondavis, in a “misrepresentation,” have planted or incorporate at least 190 new acres into the historic old Tokalon, and that Beckstoffer’s 89 acres are contained in the original part.


The spat took a new twist on Dec. 16, when Beckstoffer and Schrader jointly filed a counter-suit against Robert Mondavi Winery.  The duo charge Mondavi with “fraudulently” using the term “To-Kalon” because “Mondavi...has acquired approximately 300 acres of additional land...that was never part of the historic To-Kalon Vineyard.” Their lawsuit seeks cancellation of Mondavi’s trademark.  Can you see a settlement in the near future?


Fred’s ace in the hole is his young and talented winemaker, Thomas Brown.  Thomas Brown is one of the hot young talents in Napa Valley.  He made the transition in careers from wine enthusiast to wine maker in the course of three short years.  Thomas Brown didn't inherit a winery, and he never went to school to study viticulture or enology. Born in Sumter, S.C., Brown went to the University of Virginia, where he majored in English and economics, thinking he might end up on Wall Street. Then he discovered wine. In an article in the Wine Spectator he revealed what makes wine so intriguing to him.  "You can never know everything about wine. I think that's what intrigued me," says Brown, 31. "And it was so completely outside my experience growing up. That fact fit my personality pretty well. I was always a bit subversive or counter to the established order around me."


In 1996, Brown moved to Napa where he went to work for All Seasons Wine Shop in Calistoga.  This is where he met Ehren Jordan, winemaker for Turley Wine Cellars. Jordan mentioned that he needed some help in the cellar, and Brown was the first to apply for the job.  He started in 1997.  "My learning curve was steep, but I was always a great student."  All Season’s Café is also where another famous wine personality made a similar transition in occupations, John Wetlaufer, co-owner of the cult Marcassin winery also worked here before he started his winery with his wife Helen Turley. 


Thomas started his journey in the wine production side of the industry working for one of the best minds in the wine business Ehren Jordan. Although Brown has no formal training in winemaking he says that he learned 95% of what he knows today while he was the assistant winemaker at Turley Wine Cellars from 1997 until February of 2001.  He is currently the consulting winemaker for several projects in the Napa Valley including Chiarello Family Vineyards, Schrader Cellars, Outpost and Nicholson Ranch. Since his graduation from the University of Virginia in 1994, Thomas' clients also include Tor and Tamber Bey Winery. In addition, he is part owner and managing partner for Ridgetop Partners, a new Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir project.


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2018 SCHRADER CELLARS CCS BECKSTOFFER TO KALON VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY

Price: $485.00    Sale Price: $410.00          Quantity in Stock: 1

(97 Points) Schrader’s CCS comes from Beckstoffer’s To Kalon vineyard in Oakville, produced from clone 4 grown on the C1 block. It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in 100% new Darnajou and Taransaud French oak barrels for 18 months. Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon CCS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard rolls effortlessly out of the glass with profound notions of baked plums, boysenberries, blackberry pie and cassis, leading to hints of mocha, tapenade and black truffles. Full-bodied, concentrated and with a rock-solid backbone of grainy tannins, it delivers muscular black fruit and savory flavors, leading to a long, earthy finish. 821 cases were made.  Issue Date, 29th Jan 2021. Source- End of January 2021, The Wine Advocate

2017 SCHRADER CABERNET SAUVIGNON RBS BECKSTOFFER TO KALON NAPA

Price: $440.00    Sale Price: $370.00          Quantity in Stock: 3

(95 Points) Schrader’s RBS comes from Beckstoffer’s To Kalon vineyard in Oakville, produced from 337 clone grown on blocks B1, B2 and E2. It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and was aged in 100% new oak for 20 months. Very deep purple-black in color, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon RBS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is a little closed to begin, giving way to fragrant earth, tobacco leaf and charcoal scents opening out to notions of potpourri, baked plums and Black Forest cake with the cassis coming through after much coaxing. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a rock-solid backbone of firm, grainy tannins and fantastic freshness, lifting the fruit to a very long and mineral-laced finish. 1176 cases were made.  Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


2017 SCHRADER CELLARS MB TO KALON VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON OAKVILLE

Price: $470.00    Sale Price: $370.00          Quantity in Stock: 1

(95 Points) A barrel sample, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Monastery Block is deep garnet-purple and has a nose of warm blackberries, preserved plums and mulberries with an earthy/savory undercurrent of smoked mates, chargrill, roasted nuts and sautéed herbs. The palate is medium to full-bodied, firm and concentrated, with nice ripe, grainy tannins and great concentration, finishing long and earthy.  Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


2017 SCHRADER CELLARS LPV BECKSTOFFER LAS PIEDRAS VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA

Price: $550.00    Sale Price: $425.00          Quantity in Stock: 1

 (94+ Points) Schrader’s “LPV” comes from Beckstoffer’s Las Piedras vineyard, produced from 337 clone grown on the C block. One hundred percent Cabernet Sauvignon, it was aged in 100% new oak for 20 months. Very deep purple-black colored, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Lpv opens with a profound nose of pure cassis, kirsch, blackberry pie and bay leaves with emerging scents of beef drippings, unsmoked cigars, black tea and forest floor plus an undercurrent of molten chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is charged with red berry accents, framed by a refreshing line of acidity and firm, grainy tannins, finishing with a lively lift. 217 cases were made.  December 2019 Week 2, The Wine Advocate


2017 SCHRADER CELLARS T6 BECKSTOFFER TO KALON VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA

Price: $450.00    Sale Price: $360.00          Quantity in Stock: 1

(95 Points) Schrader’s T6 comes from Beckstoffer’s To Kalon vineyard in Oakville, produced from clone 6 grown on the D2 block. It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and was aged in 100% new oak for 20 months. Very deep purple-black colored, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon T6 Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard sashays out of the glass with opulent notes of fruitcake, Chinese five spice and oolong tea over a core of blackcurrant cordial, chocolate box and Morello cherries. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has well-played, grainy tannins and lovely freshness, giving a boost to all of the decadently spicy blackberry preserves flavors, finishing on a stewed tea note. 215 cases were made. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


2017 SCHRADER CELLARS CCS BECKSTOFFER TO KALON VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY

Price: $500.00    Sale Price: $398.00           Quantity in Stock: 2

(95 Points) Schrader’s CCS comes from Beckstoffer’s To Kalon vineyard in Oakville, produced from clone 4 grown on the C1 block. One hundred percent Cabernet Sauvignon, it was aged in 100% new Darnajou oak barrels for 20 months. Very deep purple-black colored, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon CCS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is little youthfully mute to begin, slowly unfurling to reveal boysenberries, wild blueberries and plum preserves scents with a savory undercurrent of bouquet garni, charcuterie and black olives plus wafts of black truffles and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with earth-laced black fruits, finishing with plenty of chew and loads of savory layers. 617 cases were made.  Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


2016 SCHRADER CELLARS OLD SPARKY BECKSTOFFER TO KALON VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA MAGNUM

Price: $2480.00  Sale Price: $2095.00         Quantity in Stock: 2

(100 Points) “The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Old Sparky is very deep purple-black in color with a wonderfully pure nose of blackcurrant cordial, blackberry preserves and black cherry pie with nuances of dried bay leaves, dusty soil, garrigue and new leather plus touches of unsmoked cigars and pencil shavings. Full-bodied, concentrated and jam-packed with flavors, the palate is pure hedonism with a solid line of ripe tannins and great freshness, finishing very long.” Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate


2016 SCHRADER CELLARS GIII BECKSTOFFER GEORGE III VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY

Price: $600.00    Sale Price: $458.00           Quantity in Stock: 1

(97 Points) The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon GIII is deep garnet-purple in color with boisterous black fruits notes of crushed blackberries, warm black plums and blackcurrant cordial with touches of cedar chest, roses, tilled black soil and tar plus a waft of cloves. The palate is big, rich, full and packed with black fruit preserves and exotic spice notions with a velvety frame and a very long finish. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


2015 SCHRADER CELLARS OLD SPARKY BECKSTOFFER TO KALON VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA MAGNUM

Price: $1950.00  Sale Price: $1625.00         Quantity in Stock: 4

(97 points) "A barrel selection coming from the best barrels of Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Old Sparky has a deep garnet-purple color and savory/meaty nose of yeast extract, chargrill, sautéed herbs and smoked meat over a core of crème de cassis, cigar box, red currant jelly and wild blueberries plus a touch of powdered cinnamon. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with black fruit preserves, savory and baking spice layers, with a very firm backbone and very long, multilayered finish. (LPB)" (12/2017) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:


 


2015 SCHRADER CELLARS LPV BECKSTOFFER LAS PIEDRAS VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA

Price: $535.00    Sale Price: $455.00           Quantity in Stock: 1

(98 Points) Coming from the Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard, from blocks C and E that are planted to clones 337 and 4, respectively, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Lpv has a very deep garnet-purple color and nose of crushed black berries, black currant cordial and garrigue with wafts of sage, mocha and cedar chest plus a hint of lavender. Medium to full-bodied, very firm and very tightly knit, the palate reveals great elegance and sophistication, with slowly revealing layers and a lovely minerality coming through on the long finish. 2,017 cases produced. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


2015 SCHRADER CELLARS CCS BECKSTOFFER TO KALON VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY

Price: $520.00    Sale Price: $440.00           Quantity in Stock: 1

(99 Points) Characteristic of this vintage, there is magnificent fat, sucrosity and thickness on display in all of these wines. They are inky black/purple and seemingly low in acidity, but according to Thomas Rivers Brown the acids were quite sound and healthy. The tannins are present, but so well-disguised by the high levels of glycerin and sucrosity that they are not that noticeable. Several of these wines, including the Schrader, CCS, T6 and LPV have the potential for perfect scores. These will be thrilling to taste next year and will continue the incredible legacy that Schrader Cellars has developed over the years. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


2014 SCHRADER CELLARS RBS BECKSTOFFER TO KALON VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY

Price: $360.00    Sale Price: $299.00           Quantity in Stock: 1

(96 Points) The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon RBS is made from the same clone (337) as the Georges III, but comes from the To Kalon Vineyard in Oakville and not the Rutherford Georges III. This was aged in 85% new Darnajou and 15% new Taransaud. It has fabulous concentration, notes of incense, licorice, blackcurrants, blackberries, as well as spring flowers. The wine is juicy, savory and full-bodied, with wonderful underlying energy and freshness. This wine is a more forward style than we saw with the 2013s, and is best drunk over the next 16-20 years. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


2014 SCHRADER CELLARS LPV BECKSTOFFER LAS PIEDRAS VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY

Price: $525.00    Sale Price: $405.00           Quantity in Stock: 1

(99 Points) The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon LPV is from clone 337 from the Las Piedras Vineyard in St. Helena. This shows Mission Haut-Brion-like characteristics as it has in the past, with crushed rock, wet gravel, scorched earth, blackberry and blueberry fruit. It is clearly one of my favorites of this entire tasting. It has 14.5% natural alcohol and was aged in 90% new Darnajou and 10% new Taransaud barrels. This is a killer effort. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


2014 SCHRADER CELLARS CCS BECKSTOFFER TO KALON VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA VALLEY

Price: $550.00    Sale Price: $415.00           Quantity in Stock: 1

(98 points) Outer quote mark Another one of my favorites is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon CCS, which is clone 4 from the To Kalon Vineyard in Oakville. This is aged in 100% new Darnajou and is one of the larger cuvées at 510 cases. Wonderfully sweet, velvety tannins, a big sweet nose of white flowers, blackberry and cassis along with cedar wood, charcoal and graphite are all present in this full-bodied opulent wine that also retains wonderful elegance. It finished at 14.6% alcohol and will drink beautifully now as well as over the next 15-20 years. (RP) Inner quote mark (10/2016)  Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


 


2014 SCHRADER CELLARS OLD SPARKY BECKSTOFFER TO KALON VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA MAGNUM

Price: $1650.00  Sale Price: $1399.00         Quantity in Stock: 3

(98 Points) "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Old Sparky, Fred Schrader’s favorite selection, is clone 4 from the To Kalon Vineyard aged in 100% new Darnajou and seems closest in personality and overall style to the CCS. This is a beautiful wine with great intensity and seems to be one of the superstars of this vintage. Smoky barbecue notes intermix with charcoal embers, blackberry, cassis, Christmas fruitcake, licorice and camphor. This is a complex 2014 that is showing beautifully at the moment and will continue to drink well for another 20 years." The Wine Advocate


2013 SCHRADER CELLARS OLD SPARKY BECKSTOFFER TO KALON VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA MAGNUM

Price: $2500.00  Sale Price: $2095.00         Quantity in Stock: 3

(100 points) Outer quote mark The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Old Sparky, which is essentially made from clone 4 from two separate blocks, clone 6 and clone 337, is another perfect wine from the Schraders. I suppose it’s a little boring to say, and perhaps I can be accused of creating unrealistic expectations on the part of readers, but this is as great as Cabernet can be. Tasting like a first-growth Pauillac, the wine is opaque purple and has a fabulous nose of lead pencil, spring flowers, blueberry and blackberry and the telltale cassis. There is also some licorice and sweet oak, the tannins are ripe, and the wine full-bodied. (RP) Inner quote mark (10/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


2012 SCHRADER CELLARS OLD SPARKY BECKSTOFFER TO KALON VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA MAGNUM

Price: $2300.00  Sale Price: $1950.00        Quantity in Stock: 3

(100 Points)  "Another compelling, perfect wine is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer to Kalon Vineyard Old Sparky. This is Clone 4 and Clone 6, as well as Clone 337, blended together from the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, aged in 100% new Darnajou barrels. For whatever reason, this wine seems to show more chocolate, espresso roast, barbecue smoke, dense blackberry and blueberry fruit and enormous body with not a touch of heaviness or astringency. This is a fabulous offering. It should drink well for 20-25 years. (RP)" (October 2014)


2011 SCHRADER CELLARS OLD SPARKY BECKSTOFFER TO KALON VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA MAGNUM

Price: $1650.00  Sale Price: $1395.00         Quantity in Stock: 1

(95 Points) “The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Old Sparky reveals lots of cassis, spring flower, graphite and spice characteristics along with good minerality. Medium to full-bodied and strikingly rich, it, too, is a great success for the vintage. It should drink well for 15 or more years.” The Wine Advocate


2008 SCHRADER CELLARS OLD SPARKY BECKSTOFFER TO KALON CABERNET SAUVIGNON NAPA MAGNUM

Price: $3100.00  Sale Price: $2600.00         Quantity in Stock: 1

(96-98+ Points) Nearly all of the 2008 offerings possesses a slight degree of higher alcohol, but that component is not detectable. The wines reveal showy personalities, and even more flamboyance than the 2007s. At this stage, less minerality as well as more structure are present, and the wines seem fleshier, more flamboyant and even more opulent than the extraordinary 2007s. There is the potential for two perfect 2008s, the Cabernet Sauvignon CCS and Cabernet Sauvignon Schrader, as well as three upper 90-point wines, the T6, RBS, and George III. When all the dust settles many years from now, I suspect 2008 may turn out – at least for Schrader – as great as 2007. Last year the 2007s seemed more grapy and less nuanced than the 2006s, but one would not make that statement tasting the 2007s out of bottle as they are quite structured, and exhibit great minerality, complexity, and potential. The 2008s are gorgeously fruity, rich, and opulent at present. In another year they should be far more delineated and complex. Wine Advocate # 186 Dec 2009




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