"Dense and a bit racy, showing polished black cherry and spicy oak aromas, with layered currant, espresso and dusty cedar flavors that finish with firm tannins. Best from 2013 through 2017. 525 cases made." –TF
"Reaching a nice drinking stage, with the currant, blueberry and wild berry flavors turning fleshy, offering hints of cedar, anise, tobacco, dried herb and loamy earth. Very complex and supple. Drink now through 2020."—J.L.
"An enormous Cabernet. Explodes with flavors of blackberries, cassis and chocolate, as well as the sweet vanilla and toast from oak barrels. It’s gentle enough to drink now, but isn’t showing much nuance. Give it five or six years in the cellar."—SH
CONNOISSEURS' GUIDE TO CA WINES - 2008 Krupp Brothers Black Bart Syrah
"The Stagecoach Vineyard comes through once again and yields up a deep and marvelously rich Syrah that will take its time in unfolding. The wine is very full-bodied and still fairly tight at one and the same time, and it begs for lengthy aging. It nonetheless impresses with its deep wealth of precise, keenly defined fruit as well as its tremendous sense of potency, and it very effectively proves the pain tha wines high in ripeness can indeed be in balance."
"Distinctive for its toasty spice notes, with a fragrant honeysuckle detail. Full-bodied pear, citrus, apple and almond skin accents add to the complexity, with a balanced kick of acidity on the finish. Marsanne, Viognier and Chardonnay. Drink now through 2016. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 775 cases made." –MW