Stagecoach Cabernet Sauvignon is a limited production single-varietal wine from a single Napa Valley vineyard, only made in specific years where the harvest is of particularly high quality.
Stagecoach defines "Napa Cabernet Sauvignon". Growing well above the fog line, our vineyard blocks KB3A and I20 are drenched in sunlight from daybreak to sunset producing fruit of opulence and density.
While the wine is a powerful mountain Cabernet it has elegant aromas of the intense fruit presented in a graceful, dignified fashion.
The palate has a similarly pure character, with a sleek composition and a chic style. Pure dark berry fruit, a touch of bramble wood with rising tannins and that summer-dust in the midpalate, the character of this wine is structured and sophisticated.
There is a great harmony throughout with good backbone of tannin, fine acids and a lovely balance showing substance and style.
Decant for one hour or more. Tasting temperature: 65°F
Eight miles up Soda Canyon you ascend above the valley floor and can gaze onto the expanse of Napa’s world-famous wine estates far below. This might be called the last frontier of the Napa Valley – a wilder, more rugged country, fragrant with wild herbs and dotted with rare native plants.
Stagecoach Vineyard rises 900 feet above sea level and continues to climb to nearly 1,850 feet at its highest elevation. With south-facing slopes filled with shallow, volcanic soils, the site’s rugged terroir is ideal for growing intensely colored Cabernet Sauvignon grapes rich with mineral and mountain flavors.
Captivated by the character and complexity found in these mountain grapes, we began our association in 2005 with our first Stagecoach Cabernet Sauvignon. Today we cherish our five vineyard blocks in the Stagecoach Vineyards, three in the Bordeaux Region producing Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot and two blocks in the Pritchard Hill region growing Cabernet Sauvignon.
All of our Stagecoach Cabernet Sauvignon from 2005 through 2007 have been outstanding gold medal winning wines. We no longer enter our wines in competition, reserving the limited production Stagecoach Cabernet Sauvignon for a few wine club members and Epicurean Dinners with Dawn and Bill.
Stagecoach Vineyard ~ Bordeaux Blocks
Guenoc-Rock outcrop complex with deep red/yellow/pink clay loam with less rock than other areas on the vineyard. It was originally planted in 1870 by German settlers where the rolling hills give warmer exposures to Cabernet Franc. Overall, the temperatures are cooler in this part of the vineyard. Proximity to a canyon pulls in cool marine air in from Napa Valley on foggy nights and collects cool air on clear nights. These exposures and temperatures contribute to the delicate acid and sugar accumulation of these grapes, resulting in complex, elegant wines.
Stagecoach Vineyard ~ Pritchard Hill Blocks
Comprised of mostly Hambright complex with small amount of Guenoc-Rock outcrop complex, soils in this region are characterized by red, volcanic soils made up of a boulder-strewn clay loam with a few solid rock outcroppings that have been dynamited to create a more uniform soil base. This is a warm area great for Cabernet Sauvignon with moderate mid-day temperatures due to the marine influence – the fog usually arrives here first. Ripe, bold, and extremely concentrated describes the fruit from this region destined for our ultra-premium wines.
Stagecoach ~ Stagecoach Vineyard is one of the most respected vineyards in Napa Valley
Why "Stagecoach" ~ High above the Napa Valley this rugged terrain first made history in the 1800s, when the gentleman bandit known as Black Bart, robbed the daily stagecoach that traveled over the hill from St. Helena to Monticello.