Friday, September 14, 2012

Schrader Cellars Cabernet Tasting 2010 New Releases

Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Lakeway, Texas

Lake Travis Wine Trader, The Best Wine Bar inside a Great Retail Shop
2422 RR 620 South, A118
Lakeway, Texas 78738

2010 Schrader Cellars Tasting

Cabernet Sauvignon RBS Beckstoffer Clone 337 To Kalon Vineyard (WA 96-98)
Cabernet Sauvignon GIII Clone 337 Block F Georges III Vineyard (WA 94-97)
$60.00 for both wines & cheese

"I tasted the Schrader 2009s and 2010s twice this year, about five months apart, and that time has done wonders for the wines. The Schrader Cabernets are big, bold wines that nevertheless show remarkable detail and transparency to site, as is evidenced by the five separate bottlings from Andy Beckstoffer's To Kalon vineyard in Oakville. These are essentially single-clone (and often single-block) wines that seek to highlight the unique qualities of the various Cabernet clones planted within the vineyard. I tasted the 2009s from bottle and the 2010s from barrel. Readers should note that the 2010s I tasted were base blends for each of the wines, rather than fully finished blends. I have a slight preference for the 2010s, as they are more nuanced, perfumed and finessed, while the 2009s are just a bit more similar to each other throughout the range, reflecting the nature of the years themselves. Beyond that, it really comes down to personal preference when choosing one of these wines. " Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate

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