Schrader Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
It all began with our flagship Schrader Cabernet, and continues today unchanged with grapes sourced from our original blocks in the vineyard. The 2015 Schrader is inky purple with intense aromas and flavors of ripe black fruits and currants layered with classic Cabernet nuances of graphite, charcoal and savory toast. Firmly structured with fine tannins, the wine delivers an astonishingly long finish.
The 2015 vintage was radiant with abundant sunshine and consistent weather that yielded an excellent, albeit small, crop of optimally ripe grapes from all of our vineyard sources. Now resting in barrel, the young wines are showing their brilliance with boundless fruit character that harkens back to the acclaimed 2012 vintage. While it is the fruit profile that reflects these wines, it is the underlying firm structure of the 2015 Cabernets that distinguishes them from their siblings. As Thomas remarked, “fruit sweetness will allow these wines to drink really well while young, yet it’s their looming structure that will allow for long aging.”
Rated 96-100 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, The Wine Advocate