Schrader LPV Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
We are extremely excited about the development of this wine over the past few years. Robert Parker proclaimed our previous release a “killer effort” and awarded the wine 99 points, our highest mark for the vintage. We are truly honored by Mr. Parker’s ‘potential for perfect’ barrel score for our 2015 Schrader LPV and genuinely appreciate his enthusiasm. The wine is massive, complex, beautifully balanced and delivers a breathtaking Cabernet experience.
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 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, The Wine Advocate