Napa Valley Stagecoach vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Only 100 Cases Produced


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Tasting Notes

Indie Winemakers' Tasting Notes

Our mission is to provide unbiased opinions of the wine being offered. These notes come from up to 10 guests who tasted this wine in a blind tasting format (wine is concealed so their identity is unknown). Why this format? Tasting blind completely throws out any hype associated with a certain winery, style, price point, etc; it forces the taster to accept what is in the glass without any predetermined notions. Our guests utilize Robert Parker's Glossary of Wine Terms for their comments for consistency purposes. In addition, we utilize the wine aroma wheel to enhance one’s ability to describe the complexity of wine flavor. Notes are posted on this wine during the tasting to ensure they accurately reflect the impressions.

Tasting Notes

  • FF: Nice nose with hints of floral and caramel. First impression is the wine is young but has a smooth chocolate finish. Great with Buffalo, brought out the fruit in the wine.
  • BH: Not oaked. Good caramel nose. Classic young Cab.
  • DJO: Berry and vegetative flavors, a little asparagus.
  • SDL: Caramel nose went great with the buffalo.
  • RA: Complex and decadent flavors, a little young but should age well.
  • JO: Nice tannins. Tight but very well balanced.

Technical Data

Wine Technical Data
Blend 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appelation 100% Stagecoach Vineyard, Napa Valley
Harvest Dates October 10th, 2005
Sugar at Harvest 25.7 degrees Brix
Fermentation 9 days with max temp of 92 degrees; 3 punchdowns/day
Aging / Cooperage 22 months in French oak, 33% new
Alcohol 14.7% by volume
Acidity TA = 6.3 g/L

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

Deep color with red-purplish hue. The nose is exhibiting a lovely dark fruit characteristic integrated with the nutty and toasty notes of the oak barrel; the ripeness of the fruit shows well in the nose. As the nose indicated, the palate is well structured and showing the ripeness that is noticed in the nose. The midpalate is beautifully integrated and balanced between the fruit, acidity and oak influence. This balance is a solid bridge to the lengthy finish.

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