On the fringe of Atlas Peak, bordering the Oakville AVA our block in Stagecoach Vineyard was planted in 2008 to Mark's exact specifications. One of the highest planted elevations in Stagecoach, this block was difficult to access by vehicle and required many months of dynamiting in preparation for planting.
The sparse soils are the deepest of red and are riddled with volcanic basalt and rocks of all sizes. The block is steeply situated and surrounded by chaparral. Mark selected his favorite ENTAVE clone 169 which produces small berried clusters full of concentrated flavors with a strong sense of terroir.
Winemaker's Tasting Notes:
The 2019 Stagecoach is an uninhibited blockbuster, offering up a saturated inky black-purple color and a relentless river of powerful, layered fruit. This voluptuously heady wine delivers a decadent array of fruit aromas with crème-de-cassis, blackberry pie, graphite, black licorice, tobacco leaf, and crushed rocks. Underlying are savory notes of chocolate, soy, black cardamom, violets, and chaparral brush. Flavors are seamless, but vividly expressive showcasing the avalanche of brooding mountain fruit. Tannins are velvety and abundant but discreetly concealed by the wine’s extract and plushness. Drinks deliciously now and over the next 15 plus years!