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2005

Cabernet Sauvignon

Stagecoach Vineyard
Napa Valley

From its dense, saturated ruby hue to its earthy, cigar box nose, this cabernet sauvignon commands attention and suggests a cellar-worthy wine. More than evident on the palate right now is the great intensity, depth and structure it possesses. Pure, focused flavors of black cherry, currant and tobacco coat the mouth, while notes of forest floor and pencil shavings add further dimension and nuance. A lingering finish offers balanced acidity and firm, chewy tannins. Alcohol 15.1%

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93 points Wine Advocate

“As usual, this wine is more primordial and broodingly backward than its sibilings. It offers notes of charcoal and earthy black currants, high tannins, and a full-bodied, powerful personality. While filled with purity and depth, it will need time in the bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2025.”
Robert Parker Jr.

93 points Wine Spectator

“Dense, rich and savory, with earthy hazelnut, dried currant, black cherry and blackberry fruit that slowly unfolds to reveal extra facets of spice, berry, fresh-cut flowers and sage. Returns to the fruit theme on the finish. Best from 2010 through 2017. 525 cases made. ”
James Laube

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Harvest Date October 26

Growing Season Extended cool weather and rains in spring resulted in late bud break in Napa Valley. A long, temperate growing season followed however, allowing for slow, full and even ripening of the fruit and development of tannins. Harvest of cabernet sauvignon began later than usual, running from October 11 through November 2.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Fermented in small, closed-top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts
• 5 day cold soak, 34 days total maceration
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 19 months in French oak barrels; 95% new
• Varietal Composition: 98% Cabernet Sauvignon & 2% Cabernet Franc
• Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; Bottled July 2007

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