Schrader Old Sparky Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Each harvest, individual barrel lots shine brightly in our cellar. These exceptional wines are set apart by their stunning depth and richness of character, and possess a resonate and timeless quality, the hallmarks of a classic wine. An ode to our fearless leader, Fred aka ‘Sparky’, our Schrader Old Sparky is a bottling of the very best barrels from the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard. With the superb conditions of 2014, we are extremely proud to present this masterful vintage of Schrader Old Sparky.
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 98 The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Old Sparky, Fred Schrader’s favorite selection, is clone 4 from the To Kalon Vineyard aged in 100% new Darnajou and seems closest in personality and overall style to the CCS. This is a beautiful wine with great intensity and seems to be one of the superstars of this vintage. Smoky barbecue notes intermix with charcoal embers, blackberry, cassis, Christmas fruitcake, licorice and camphor. This is a complex 2014 that is showing beautifully at the moment and will continue to drink well for another 20 years.
— Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Rated 97 This is really savory with so much meat, currant, mushroom and walnut-skin character. Full-bodied, layered and very powerful. A touch of heat on the finish, but the acid balances it out. Extreme intensity. Contrasty and fascinating.
— James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com