Top 10 100-point Napa Cabernets

10. Schrader Cabernet Sauvignon CCS 2008

l-r: Winemaker Thomas Brown and Fred Schrader

Release price: $150

Current price: $850

Owner/winemaker: Frederick Schrader/Thomas Brown

Owned by Fred and Carol Schrader, the estate pursues what it terms “no holds barred” winemaking – no doubt encouraged by the love of fast cars that is shared by Fred and his winemaker Thomas Brown.

The estate has a range of Cabernet Sauvignons, which are either single site or blends of different clones. The chief vineyards are the To-Kalon in Oakville and Georges III in Rutherford.

This is a product of the To-Kalon vineyard and predominantly uses only clone 4 (but occasionally 337).

The 2008 vintage was superb across North America but particularly for Cabernet Sauvignons and so where better than Napa Valley?

The growing season was marked by a cool summer followed by a heatwave just before harvest, which led to excellent flavour development and excellent ripeness.

Wine Advocate #192 Dec 2010

What did Parker say: “This is the third straight vintage of this cuvee to merit a perfect score, which must be the first of its kind in 32 years of critiquing wines. Blueberry pie intermixed with crème de cassis, liquorice, subtle oak and forest floor notes are followed by an extraordinary wine of staggering richness, luxurious fruit and seamlessness.”

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