Growing Conditions

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. 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.

Winemaking

Clones 4, 6 and 337 Vineyard: Beckstoffer To Kalon

Aging

Aged 20 months in rare Darnajou French oak barrels