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2006 Krupp Brothers "The Advocate," Stagecoach Vineyard

Aromas of sweet cherries, cranberry, licorice, and plum are intermingled with cinnamon and raspberry - vanilla compote. The palate is beautifully focused and polished; raspberries, violets, lavender, and cranberries give way to fine dusty tannins that frame the mouth perfectly.

Harvested: October 2- 21, 2006
Blend: 42% Merlot, 32% Malbec and 26% Petit Verdot
Fermentation: 5 days cold soak, total of 26 days on skins
Cooperage: French Oak–Taransaud & Bossuet
Barrel Aging: 15 months - 60% new oak
Release Date: November 1, 2009
Vineyard: Stagecoach
Soil: D4/D6–insanely rocky, A4–red/brown loam
Exposure: Gentle south facing slopes
Elevation: 1,450- 1,550 ft above sea level
Production: 628 cases
Rating: 92 Points, WINE SPECTATOR; 92 Points, WINE ENTHUSIAST

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WINE SPECTATOR - 2006 Krupp Brothers "The Advocate"

"A wine with grace and finesse, complex but sleekly structured, with aromas of black cherry and mocha oak and flavors of red currant, tomato leaf and dried brown spices. Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2016."—T.F.

Wine Spectator
2006 Krupp Brothers "The Advocate," Stagecoach Vineyard
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WINE ENTHUSIAST 3/31/10 - Krupp Brothers The Advocate

CELLAR SELECTION

"This is Krupp’s best wine. Made of an unusual blend of Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot, it’s a classically young Napa Bordeaux blend in need of time in the cellar. Shows tannic flavors of blackberries, currants and cola, with a bone-dry, spicy finish. Hold this rich, vital wine until 2012, and it should provide good drinking for at least six additional years, with good storage." - S.H.

Wine Enthusiast
2006 Krupp Brothers "The Advocate," Stagecoach Vineyard
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CONNOISSEURS' GUIDE TO CA WINES Vol 34, Iss 5: 2006 Krupp Brothers The Advocate

"42% Merlot, 32% Malbec, 26% Petit Verdot. Deep, dense, long on keenly defined black-cherry fruit and fit with complexing highlights of sweet oak, woodsmoke and dried herbs, this ripe but very well-controlled wine tempers its richness with fine structure and and more restraint than is often the case in Krupp Brothers wines. It is all, Merlot in feel with a fleshy texture and fine-grained tannins firming its insistent finish, and should age famously for years."

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
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