The third release from the Stagecoach Vineyard reveals the extraordinary attributes of this vineyard. This is an expansive wine, massive yet well-delineated, possessing great depth and vibrancy. Its inky, black garnet hues give way to blackberry, plum and licorice aromas, blanketed with dusty earth and leather. The palate explodes in a muscular display of black fruit, cassis and cedar, with elements of underbrush and sandalwood adding complexity. Luxuriant flavors persist through a powerful and sinewy mid-palate, to a never-ending mocha-tinged finish punctuated by chewy, fine-grained read more...tannins. This is a cellar-worthy wine that is graciously giving more than a glimpse of its prodigious gifts. (hide)
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesBoth its exotic cinnamon and clovey spice and a hint of something high-toned in the nose lend this very broad and highly ripened wine a measure of difference and distinction from its several cellarmates. Perhaps the most full-bodied of its very full-bodied bunch, it allows ripeness to set its course while still keeping one eye on fruit before running into brawny tannins at the end. It is not saved but does claim success by dint of depth and richness. Its several quirks take it off the pace set by...
Wine AdvocateRating: (91-94) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 157 on Feb-05
Wine SpectatorRating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/15/06