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2008

Cabernet Sauvignon

Stagecoach Vineyard
Napa Valley

Produced from a superior small section of rocky, red volcanic soils at high elevation, it is deep garnet in color and fragrant with bold, ripe red berries, cassis, red licorice and sage. Texturally, it is weighty and muscular, from its assertive entry through to the finish, where well-delineated fruit flavors harmonize with leather, toasted vanilla bean and ripe tannins that permeate the finish. Alcohol 14.7%

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93 points International Wine Cellar

“Inky purple.  Potent, liqueur-like aromas of cherry-vanilla and cassis, with an array of floral and spice notes adding complexity.  Pliant and silky in the mouth, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors and a touch of candied rose; manages to be both ripe and vivacious, thanks to strong peppery spices and minerality.  Tannins make a late arrival and add structure and depth to the seductively sweet fruit, which doesn't let up on the finish. ”
Josh Raynolds

93 points Wine Spectator

“Sleek and polished up front, with a rich core of spicy currant, mineral, loamy earth and floral scents, this is deceptively tannic and muscular in a positive way on the finish, so even as you chew through it, the flavors glide along gracefully.  Best from 2013 to 2024.”
James Laube

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Harvest Date October 23

Growing Season 2008 began with an exceptionally dry spring and early budbreak. Frosts in April significantly lowered cluster counts. Weather stabilized and warmed through summer, with warmer temperatures continuing through harvest. A smaller crop of high quality fruit ripened fully and evenly, developing an excellent balance of sugars and acid. Overall, the 2008 wines are bright and expressive with well-articulated flavors.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Fermented in small, closed-top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts
• 5-day cold soak, 32 days total maceration
• Native malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 20 months in Taransaud and Seguin Moreau French oak barrels; 100% new
• Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
• Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; bottled June 2010

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