2013 Old Sparky


Comprised of the finest barrels from our cellar, the Schrader Old Sparky beautifully displays the excellent qualities of clones 4, 6, and 337 from the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard. The wine reveals incredibly ripe black fruits especially blackberry and blueberry mixed in with notes of espresso roast and dark chocolate. What the Old Sparky does so beautifully is put on display such wonderful fruit notes while not providing a weighty mouthfeel. The well-woven tannins give great balance to the intense fruit core and display this wine as a powerful and full bodied cabernet with the tender balance that we know and love.

  • Vintage 2013
  • Vineyard Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard
  • Appellation Oakville, Napa Valley
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Clone Clones 4, 6, and 337
  • Cooperage Aged 20 months in rare Darnajou French oak barrels
  • Winemaker Thomas River Brown
  • Tasting Notes

    Comprised of the finest barrels from our cellar, the Schrader Old Sparky beautifully displays the excellent qualities of clones 4, 6, and 337 from the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard. The wine reveals incredibly ripe black fruits especially blackberry and blueberry mixed in with notes of espresso roast and dark chocolate. What the Old Sparky does so beautifully is put on display such wonderful fruit notes while not providing a weighty mouthfeel. The well-woven tannins give great balance to the intense fruit core and display this wine as a powerful and full bodied cabernet with the tender balance that we know and love.

  • Accolades

    100 Pts. “The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Old Sparky, which is essentially made from clone 4 from two separate blocks, clone 6 and clone 337, is another perfect wine from the Schraders. I suppose it’s a little boring to say, and perhaps I can be accused of creating unrealistic expectations on the part of readers, but this is as great as Cabernet can be. Tasting like a first-growth Pauillac, the wine is opaque purple and has a fabulous nose of lead pencil, spring flowers, blueberry and blackberry and the telltale cassis. There is also some licorice and sweet oak, the tannins are ripe, and the wine full-bodied. Built like a skyscraper, with an incredible finish (like most of these wines) going on for 50 seconds to a minute, this amazing wine should still be drinking splendidly well at age 25 or 30.”
    — Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    98 Pts. “A wine with wonderful definition and length. Very fine-grained tannins. Full-bodied yet compacted. Shows blueberry, rosemary, lavender and stone character. Terra-cotta. Pretty blend of top To Kalon vineyard of Schrader. Shows balance and length.”
    — James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com

  • Vineyard

    First planted in 1868 by viticultural and winemaking icon Hamilton Crabb, To Kalon Vineyard® has long been regarded as the source of Napa Valley’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Within the prime vineyard blocks, an alluvial fan provides excellent and varied mineral deposits, and the rich soils are filled with marine sediment that gives our wines their distinctive profiles. The vines receive full sun and optimal heat during the day and are cooled by marine fog at night. These conditions allow the Cabernet Sauvignon planted in the vineyard to display its own unique character, and this celebration of individuality is the essence of Schrader ®.

  • Vintage

    In 2013 the grapes enjoyed month upon glorious month of effortless sunny days followed by clear, cool nights. Warm spring temperatures gave way to an early budbreak and the consistent, dry weather afforded an optimal fruit set. The favorable conditions seamlessly continued through the summer and we faced none of the rogue heat spikes or rain threats that might otherwise challenge a strong vintage. Once in barrel, the wine continued to develop and gain profound flavors that led to winemaker Thomas Brown stating “These are the finest wines I have ever made.”

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