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2007

Cabernet Sauvignon

Stagecoach Vineyard
Napa Valley

The wine we produce from this spectacular site located above the fog line atop the eastern slopes of Napa Valley possesses the purity and focus of mountain fruit and the muscularity of a warm climate cabernet. Deep garnet in color, it is aromatic with fresh red and black berries, dried herbs and a touch of red licorice. Firm, ripe tannins are prominent as precise, concentrated flavors of cassis, black plums and graphite coat the mouth. Balanced acidity and a touch of vanillin complement the fruit and tannins over a never-ending finish. Alcohol 15.1%

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93 points Wine Spectator

“Tightly wound, yet rich and generous, offering a mix of power and finesse, driven by a thick, mouthcoating core of blackberry, wild berry, black licorice, mineral, floral and spicy notes that are long and persistent. Best from 2012 through 2023. ”
James Laube

93 points International Wine Cellar

“Inky purple. Captivating, deeply pitched aromas of cherry-vanilla, cassis, licorice and tobacco. Dense, sweet and intense, with serious grip and underlying structure to the bitter cherry, dark berry and oak spice flavors; an intriguing floral element comes up as the wine sits in the glass. Full but surprisingly light on its feet. This dense, sappy wine really stains the mouth, finishing long and sweet, with youthfully gripping tannins and a lingering perfume of crystallized flowers. ”
Josh Raynolds

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Harvest Date October 8

Growing Season The 2007 growing season was preceded by a mild, dry winter. Bud break came early, setting a crop of highly concentrated berries in small clusters. Summer brought ideal weather with warm, even temperatures through veraison. Late summer brought several heat spikes followed by moderate temperatures that prevailed through harvest. Fruit had ample time for phenolics as well as sugars to reach optimum levels. The result was a slow, steady harvest of exceptional quality, with wines showing great intensity and structure.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Fermented in small, closed-top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts
• 5-day cold soak, 38 days total maceration
• Native malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 20 months in Sylvain and Taransaud French oak barrels; 95% new
• Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
• Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; Bottled June 2009

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