Schrader Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Our flagship Cabernet, this voluminous wine offers incredible aromas and flavors of blue and black fruit with classic Cabernet nuances of tobacco leaf, graphite, and savory toast. A timeless wine sourced from our original blocks in the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, the 2014 Schrader is supremely rich and dense, with rapturous texture, firm structure, and an astonishingly long finish.
While it was the third consecutive year marked by limited rainfall, the 2014 Vintage offered a perfectly temperate growing season characterized by long, moderate days and cool, clear nights. We began the year with warm spring conditions that gave way to an early budbreak and the consistent, dry weather afforded an optimal fruit set of small berries with incredible concentration. Crop yields were down a bit from 2013, but the quality was magnificent. It was a textbook growing season, every winemaker’s dream.
Rated 95 The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, which is clone 4 from the To Kalon vineyard is aged in 75% new Darnajou and 25% new Taransaud. This is a fruit-forward, opaque purple wine, like its siblings, with notes of creosote, licorice, charcoal, blackcurrants and blackberries. It is full-bodied, but round and succulent. It ended up at 14.5% natural alcohol. Drink it over the next 15-20 years.
— Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Rated 99 Seductive aromas of crushed berries, wet earth, leaves, mushrooms and violets. Wow. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a super depth of fruit and intensity. Shows power with finesse. This needs three to four years before it will show its true greatness.
— James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com