Schrader LPV Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Luxuriously rich upon entry, our Schrader LPV reveals a complete profile of black and blue fruits, most notably blackcurrants and briar berries. Elegant tones of loamy soil, sweet tobacco, exotic incense, and forest floor beautifully develop across the senses, leading to an expansive, long finish. This wine is tremendously complex, beautifully balanced, and offers a truly compelling Cabernet experience.
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 99 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
Rated 97 A profound nose of crushed blueberries, blackberries and minerals. Licorice, too. Full body, superfine tannins and a long, long finish. Linear and racy. Wonderful balance and structure. Leave it until at least 2020.
— James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com