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2005 Schrader --- Old Sparky Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 100 WA
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 136459-2005-1500-2A
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Old Sparky (only available in magnums) is the highest in alcohol (14.8%) and, again, was aged in 100% new Darnajou barrels. This is just magnificent and at age ten, tasting like it was four to five years of age. Of course, tasting from magnum contributed somewhat to that, but it's a great, great example of the Schrader's favorite cuvee, hence the name. It is predominantly made from Clone 6, with small amounts of Clones 4 and 337. Like all these wines, it has an inky purple color, with notes of licorice, forest floor, graphite, cedar wood and creme de cassis and new saddle leather. Voluptuously textured, expansive, savory and full-bodied, with super-sweet tannins and a finish that goes on for close to a minute, this is a prodigious wine and one of the superstars of the vintage. Look for it to drink well for another 30+ years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 99

    Author: RaViCo
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Author: Billy the Kid
Schrader's mission statement is essentially one where their 30-year leases on vineyard parcels give them the ability to present a specific clonal study of Cabernet Sauvignon from three highly desired clones (4, 6, and 337) grown within a single vineyard. The bottom line is that with their production averages about 1,600 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon, the wines do have subtle differences, but most importantly, all of them are extraordinary in quality - among the finest Cabernets in California. Fred Schrader and his wife, Carol, hired Thomas Brown to make these wines.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 153 bottles owned
  • 74 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 99
    (Out of 74 collectors)