Schrader Old Sparky Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Every year as we pass through the cellar and taste our young wines aging, we are compelled to individual barrels that possess a particular brilliance, the outliers. These exceptional wine possess limitless depth, richness of character, and a timeless quality that are the hallmarks of a classic wine. It is from these special barrels of Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet that we craft our Schrader Old Sparky. With the superb conditions of 2015, we are extremely proud to present this masterful vintage of our signature cuvée.
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 97 A barrel selection coming from the best barrels of Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Old Sparky has a deep garnet-purple color and savory/meaty nose of yeast extract, chargrill, sautéed herbs and smoked meat over a core of crème de cassis, cigar box, red currant jelly and wild blueberries plus a touch of powdered cinnamon. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with black fruit preserves, savory and baking spice layers, with a very firm backbone and very long, multilayered finish.
— Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate