2016 Schrader Old Sparky Cabernet 1.5 L Magnum
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.
“The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Old Sparky is very deep purple-black in color with a wonderfully pure nose of blackcurrant cordial, blackberry preserves and black cherry pie with nuances of dried bay leaves, dusty soil, garrigue and new leather plus touches of unsmoked cigars and pencil shavings. Full-bodied, concentrated and jam-packed with flavors, the palate is pure hedonism with a solid line of ripe tannins and great freshness, finishing very long.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“My notes on the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Old Sparky Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard started with “Wow, what a nose” and finished with a few expletives. Based largely on the T6 Cabernet Sauvignon from To Kolan, with smaller amounts of the RBS, CCS, and Schrader, it’s a massive wine by any measure yet carries everything perfectly, with perfumed notes of crème de cassis, incense, flowers, and exotic spice, full-bodied richness, an expansive, mulit-dimensional texture, sweet tannins, and no sensation of weight or heaviness. It’s a monumental bottle of wine that made me want to downgrade every other wine I tasted for this report. It’s bottled only in magnum, so do your best to hold off for 6-7 years (good luck!) and it will keep for 3-4 decades. Bravo to the whole team at Schrader for a truly magical wine.” – Jeb Dunnuck
“The purity of fruit to this is phenomenal with so much blackberry and raspberry aroma, following through to a full body with wonderfully seamless, horizontal tannins that melt into the wine. Extremely fine-grained. Greatest Schrader ever made – if you appreciate elegance with power. Try in 2024. 2,580 magnums made.” – James Suckling