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2010

Cabernet Sauvignon

Stagecoach Vineyard
Napa Valley

Stagecoach Vineyard sits atop high-elevation Atlas Peak, in Napa Valley. The terrain is the stuff of cowboy films: giant red boulders dot the land; the soil is crushed, chalky stone; and the afternoon sun beats down on the side of the mountain. The vines struggle tremendously, resulting in a defined, flavorful and intense wine. Dense ruby purple in color, it offers aromas of red and black currants, crushed rocks and tobacco leaf. Savory, broad and expansive, the concentrated palate delivers blueberries, blackberries, gravel and wet slate. Muscular tannins mingle with a touch of vanillin, and lead to a powerful finish.

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94 Points Wine Spectator

“Strikingly well-balanced and well-proportioned, this is dense, chewy and layered, with flavors of dried dark berry, licorice, red candy and a dash of dusty earth. Impressive for capturing the earthy characteristics while highlighting the varietal character of Cabernet. Best from 2014 through 2025. ”
James Laube

94 Points International Wine Cellar

“Dark purple. Sexy, expressive aromas of ripe blackberry, cherry compote, licorice and vanilla, along with a floral nuance. Deep and sweet, with liqueur-like dark berry flavors that show impressive focus and energy. Densely packed but lively cabernet that finishes with smooth, harmonious tannins and impressive mineral snap. ”
Josh Raynolds

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Harvest Date October 20

Growing Season 2010 graced Napa County with a long, cool spring. In March, the young tender vine buds were protected from frost by blankets of fog. As summer approached, the fog lingered on the coastline, which kept Napa’s evenings, nights and early mornings cool and damp. Mid-days were warm and occasional heat spikes in late summer and early fall encouraged ripening. The wines from 2010 are structured and bright.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Fermented in small, closed-top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts
• 5-day cold soak, 25 days total maceration
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 20 months in French oak barrels; 100% new
• Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled June 2013

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