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2005 Krupp Brothers Merlot, Stagecoach Vineyard

Intense aromas of dried cherries, boysenberry, blueberries, violets, cassis, black olives and spices. The palate transitions to sweet currants, dark cherries and ripe plums. This is a dense and well-focused Merlot that showcases ripe, lush tannins and has a fine and persistent finish.

Harvested: October 5, 2005
Blend: Merlot
Fermentation: 4 day cold soak with 27 days on skins, indigenous yeast
Cooperage: French Oak–Taransaud & Bossuet
Barrel Aging: 16 months–85% new oak
Release Date: Septmeber 1, 2008
Vineyard: Stagecoach Block(s): D4
Soil: Red and rocky
Exposure: Gentle south facing
Elevation: 1,500 ft above sea level
Production: 290 cases
Rating: 89 points, WINE SPECTATOR

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