Red

2012 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon "Old Sparky" Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oakville
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Community Tasting Notes 10

  • jgreco Likes this wine: 96 points

    November 10, 2018 - Wine Advocate: Grand Walkabout Tasting (New York, NY): What a wine. The nose has layers and layers. Tremendous mouthfeel with a tingling sensation that lingers. Long finish!! Put this away for another decade as it is going to be something special.

  • Richard Henriksson Likes this wine: 95 points

    January 6, 2018 - Opaque. Dark fruits and oak on the nose. Cassis, flower stems, pencil shavings and baking spices on the palate. Perceptible tannins. No sense of alcohol. Both aromas and flavors appear muted. In a dumb state right now? That said, I have no doubt it will evolve into an epic wine. Pop after 2025. Served blind to friends who all liked it.

  • Cristal2000 Likes this wine: 96 points

    September 5, 2016 - Tasted against '12 Tusk, '12 Pott Turf War and '12 Vineyard 29 Estate. Came in #2. Decanted and drank over the course of 10 hours. Sweet raspberries, blackberries and cassis on the nose. Really expressive, like smelling a freshly baked blackberry pie. Color is a little redder than expected. Still very tannic on the pallet (even after 10 hours), but incredibly pure, high quality fruit. Lots of complexity with some mineral earth driven notes to go with the fruit. Strong and full mid pallet, but not plush and round, a little more biting at the moment. Good aging potential. Finish is long and gorgeous, if still resolving. I think this needs another 5 years, but still very impressive. 96+

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  • clutj wrote: 98 points

    April 18, 2016 - Yeah, just stunning; long, silky, balanced

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  • rc@ughey wrote: 94 points

    March 1, 2016 - Very impressive wine. Dark and rich, but with serious depth and drive. Silky texture. Sweet and oaky but the fruit is so concentrated, deep, and complex, that it's hard not to like this wine. I wouldn't pay the going rate -- but so long as someone else is paying, I'm all in. Excellent with steak. Tasted multiple times out of magnum with consistent impressions.

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  • By William Kelley
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    (Schrader Cellars, Beckstoffer To Kalon, Old Sparky Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Oakville, California, USA, Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type Red
  • Producer Schrader Cellars
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation "Old Sparky"
  • Vineyard Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Oakville

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 26 (3%)
  • In Cellars 639 (74%)
  • Consumed 196 (23%)

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Who Likes This Wine

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