Schrader "MB" Monastery Block To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (Napa Valley, California) - [JD 94-96] [JS 95] [WA 93-95] [WS 94]

Schrader "MB" Monastery Block To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
(Napa Valley, California) - [JD 94-96] [JS 95] [WA 93-95] [WS 94]

Regular price $500.00 Sale price $398.97 Save $101.03

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Notes from the Winemaker:
The debut vintage of Schrader MB explores the vast riches of the Historic To Kalon Vineyard’s Monastery Block to its fullest potential. The fruit from this gravelly vineyard block abutting the Mayacamas Mountains creates a dense, focused, round, and uniquely supple wine with miles of intensely dark, ripe black fruit, dusty earth, and toasty oak. New for the 2017 vintage, the Schrader MB shows elegance and luster, offering a unique expression of this remarkable block of the historic vineyard site..

Vineyard: Historic To Kalon Vineyard
Appellation: Oakville, Napa Valley
Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Composition: Pure Clone 169
Cooperage: Aged 20 months in rare Darnajou French oak barrels

Ratings & Reviews

94-96 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"Coming from the To Kalon vineyard, yet from the 3-acre Monastery Block owned by the estate of Robert Mondavi, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Monastery Block is all clone 169 of Cabernet and is aging in 100% new Darnajou barrels. It has a more focused, structured style compared to the Beckstoffer grown fruit and offers impressive amounts of cassis, graphite, new leather, and crushed rocks, with a Pauillac-like stature compared to the more overt sexiness of the other cuvées. With full-bodied richness, a deep, layered texture, and no shortage of length or richness, it’s going to benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and evolve gracefully." (1/31/2019)

95 Points - James Suckling:
"Fabulous aromas of crushed blackcurrants, licorice, tar and violet. Inkwell, too. Medium body and tight, linear tannins that are polished and chewy. Driven finish. Needs time to open. First vintage of this wine and from Constellation’s To Kalon holdings. Drink after 2022."

93-95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"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." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (29th Oct 2018)

94 Points - Wine Spectator:
"Shows a beautiful range of warmed sassafras, sage and bay leaf aromas, with black tea and juniper hints, all of which impart a sense of lift and volume to the steeped plum and açaí berry core. Reveals a smoldering loam note through the finish. Best from 2021 through 2036. " — J.M. (July 22, 2020)