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2008 Krupp Brothers Black Bart Syrah, Stagecoach Vineyard

Inky and garnet colored hues make this wine visually stunning. The nose captures aromas of smoked meats, cedar, white pepper and violets. Dense and beautifully structured with tannins that complement the bold dark fruit, vanilla, blueberry, dark raspberry and toasted oak flavors. Long and persistent finish. Drink now through 2019.

Harvested: September 12-October 10, 2008
Blend: 98% Syrah and 2% Viognier
Fermentation: 4 days cold soak, 21 days on skins
Cooperage: French Oak – Damy, Cadus & Francois Freres
Barrel Aging: 20 months – 80% new
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Vineyard: Stagecoach: Blocks I4 and T3
Soil: Hambright–red/brown loam over rock
Exposure: Steep southerly aspect
Elevation: 1,650-1,850 ft above sea level
Production: 550 cases
Rating: 94 points, Connoisseurs' Guide; 90 points, Wine Enthusiast

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WINE ENTHUSIAST - 2008 Krupp Brothers Black Bart Syrah

"This is one of the bigger Syrahs out there, generously proportioned and calling out for equally rich fare. Try beef short ribs or coq au vin, using the same wine for the dish. It’s tannic and enormous, with flavors of ripe black cherry and teriyaki sauce." —S.H.

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2008 Krupp Brothers Black Bart Syrah, Stagecoach Vineyard
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."

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
2008 Krupp Brothers Black Bart Syrah, Stagecoach Vineyard