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2009 Krupp Brothers "The Doctor," Napa Valley

Complex and layered aromas of plum, orange rind, bing cherries and blackberry with faint earthy aromas of mushroom and soil. Tannins are masculine and well-balanced with bold, ripe fruit giving the elegant structure. Flavor profile is dominated black fruits and smoked meats with underlying of blueberry, cocoa and toasted oak. Drink through 2022.

Harvested: October 6-23, 2009
Blend: 38% Tempranillo, 29% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Franc
Fermentation: 27-31 days on skins with both indigenous and commercial yeast strains used. Post–maceration wine was drained directly to barrels where it spontaneous malolactic fermentation.
Cooperage: French Oak–Taransaud, Bossuet, Remond & Sylvain
Barrel Aging: 21 months–75% new
Release Date: April 1, 2012
Vineyard: Krupp and Stagecoach Blocks: KVT2, D4, L1, L3, KVMA1, D5
Soil: Very rocky to clay loam with varying soil depth
Exposure: Gentle southerly aspect
Elevation: 1,500 to 1,800 ft above sea level
Production: 485 cases
Rating: 93 points, Wine Advocate; 93 points, Wine Enthusiast

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WINE ENTHUSIAST - 2009 Krupp Brothers "The Doctor"

"This is one of the best Tempranillo-based wines in California history. The other varieties blended in are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Bone dry and tannic, though a little warm in alcohol, it shows its mountain origins—from the southeast corner of the Vacas—with its immaculate core of blackberry and cassis. Compellingly delicious now and over the next 5–6 years." —S.H.

Wine Enthusiast
2009 Krupp Brothers "The Doctor," Napa Valley
93
INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR - 2009 Krupp Brothers "The Doctor"

"Bright, medium ruby-red. Musky black raspberry and smoked meat on the nose. Plus, sweet and fine-grained but with nicely integrated acidity giving the middle palate a light touch. A harmonious and successful blend with lovely palate presence. Finishes with sweet tannins and excellent length, showing a more muscular aspect and a note of tobacco leaf as it opened in the glass."—ST

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2009 Krupp Brothers "The Doctor," Napa Valley
92
WINE ADVOCATE - 2009 Krupp Brothers "The Doctor"

"The 2009 The Doctor Stagecoach & Krupp Brothers is an unusual blend of 40% Tempranillo, 30% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec. It is a big, smoky wine bursting with dark fruit, black cherries, licorice and grilled herbs. This is a decidedly succulent wine. It shows remarkable intensity and power. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020.."—AG

The Wine Advocate
2009 Krupp Brothers "The Doctor," Napa Valley
93