2013 Schrader Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Old Sparky 1.5L
Comprised of the finest barrels from our cellar, the 2013 Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard 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.
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 ®.
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.”