2014 Old Sparky


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.

  • Vintage 2014
  • 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

    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.

  • Accolades

    98 Pts. “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

    97 Pts. “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

    94 Pts. “A potent, open-throttle expression of powerful Cabernet, with tiers of dense, extracted dark berry, mocha, loamy earth, cedar and tobacco leaf flavors, leading to a strong, tannic finish. All the elements are in place for this to become a beauty with time. Best from 2021 through 2038.”
    — James Laube, Wine Spectator

  • 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

    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.