WINE ENTHUSIAST - 2009 Krupp Brothers Black Bart Syrah
“The winery has been quietly building up a solid track record with this bottling, and with the 2009, they’ve produced their best yet. The wine is gigantic in every respect. Vast, deep flavors of roasted coffee bean, blackberry, currant, violets and dark chocolate are complex, with plenty of toasted oak in the bargain. The tannins are strong, strong, strong, numbing the palate. While nobody can assure you it has a long term future, this should evolve nicely with time; drink through 2022.” Cellar Selection —SH
“Grown in one of the valley’s best vineyards, it’s eminently ageable. The flavors of black currants and minerals are intense and fine, complexed with new French oak. However, the strong tannins will jacket the wine for a long time before they begin to fall out. Don’t even think of popping the cork before 2024, and it could be awesome in 2030.” Cellar Selection—SH
“A superb tannic-acid structure is allied with complex black currant, grilled meat bone and smoky oak flavors that finish dry, long and spicy. The cépage is Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc, making it one of the most compelling blends available today from Napa Valley. Give it until 2017–2018 in the cellar to begin to mellow.” Cellar Selection.—SH
CONNOISSEURS' GUIDE TO CA WINES - 2009 Krupp Brothers Black Bart Syrah
“Regardless from which grape they may be made, wines from the Stagecoach Vineyard are rarely retiring, and this one delivers richness and very deep fruit to spare. It may be ripe beyond question, but it is absolutely brimming with berries, and it hits the mark smartly with regard to game and smoked meat and peppery spice. If it is very full-bodied with a bit of baby fat on entry, it firms up and finds a fair measure of grip as it goes, and we would let it sit for a few years before pouring it as a foil to juicy beef roasts."