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Professional Ratings: 95 Wine Enthusiast
Region: Napa Valley, California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Other Info: Boutique Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 14.9%
Item no. 108333
In recent years, Stagecoach Vineyard has become one of the most renowned vineyards in Napa Valley. It rises 1,200 feet above sea level and continues to climb to nearly 1,850 feet at its highest elevations on the southern side of the Oakville appellation's Pritchard Hill and Atlas Peak. Blessed with south-facing slopes filled with shallow, volcanic soils, the site's rugged terroir is ideal for growing intensely colored cabernet sauvignon.
My favorite vintage of the decade for Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. We were graced with outstanding growing conditions that gave way to a wine with pure, focused flavors black cherry, currant, and tobacco, while a mid palate of spice vanilla and mocha linger in layers, all framed with velvet-like, dusty tannins.
This bottling, from the vineyard high up on Atlas Peak, is establishing itself as a real benchmark. The '07 is smooth and rich and vast in flavor, offering waves of blackberries, cherry pie, cassis and blackstrap molasses, with a delicious coating of sweet, smoky, oak. It's impressive in youth but so balanced it should easlity negotiate the years.