2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard

2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard

2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard

Vineyard: Six miles up Soda Canyon, 1,800 feet above the valley floor, lies the last frontier of the Napa Valley – it is here that the Krupp brothers carved out the spectacular Stagecoach Vineyard on Atlas Peak by excavating over a billion pounds of basalt, andesite, and tufa boulders. The well draining red volcanic soil and dramatic diurnal temperature shifts at this elevation provide an ideal terroir for slow ripening grapes that yield wines with both structure and finesse.

Vintage: The first winter with big rains in half a decade allowed soils to store up plenty of water – this helped vine health during the scorching hot summer that brought over a dozen 100-degree days. We harvested our Stagecoach Cabernet Sauvignon on September 29th - by far the earliest ever. This turned out to be a stroke of good fortune, as the wine was fermented and safely in barrel by the time that year's devastating wildfires struck.

Winemaking: The grapes were destemmed into one open-top tank to cold soak before fermentation began spontaneously with wild yeast. Fermentation continued without the addition of any chemicals or enzymes, aided only by the heat of the sun and daily punch-downs and/or gravity pump-overs. After pressing the wine went into 100% new French oak barrels from Darnajou, Taransaud and Ermitage, where it aged for 24 months.

$125 750ml