94 pts – Wine Enthusiast magazine: “Juicy and impressively structured, this wine hits all the right notes in its complex grasp of blueberry cobbler and graham cracker richness. The denser aspects are skillfully complemented with a length and breadth of additional elements like clove, cedar, sage and graphite, the tannins appropriately robust.”
This is a very vibrant wine from an incredibly successful year upon the famed Stagecoach Mountain property, located East of the Silverado Trail. Developed in the early 1990’s by legendary grape grower, Jan Krupp, our hearty cabernet vines are grown at an elevation of 1200+ feet above the Napa Valley floor, in the Atlas Peak district. The difficult, and incredibly rocky and often steep terrain makes for amazingly complex and multidimensional wines known for their sharp sophistication and longevity in the wine cellar.
One of my very favorite vineyards, wines and vintages! This release puts it all together and delivers with abundance. The ’14 is full of jam-bomb fruit, great entry, middle and length to the end. The approach to the nose is a showy array of ripe red fruit, currants, dried cherry and a subtle kiss of oak vanillin. The mouth shows the typical sensations and feelings of premium mountain terroir. Lush red fruit, dense black cherry and a moderate fine block tannin backbone. While a bit youthful upon release, I cannot wait to see this wine in 5 or 10 years! I trust that cellared correctly, this Cabernet will be quite enjoyable to 2040 and beyond.