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2007 Krupp Brothers Black Bart Marsanne, Stagecoach Vineyard

Polished, complex nose; aromas of orange pith, key lime pie, white peach, stone fruits, nut, spice, apricot Danish with clotted cream. The innate generosity of the palate is tightly wound around a spine of minerality, this wine will develop superbly, gaining richness without losing its varietal identity.

Harvested: October 8, 2007
Blend: 97% Marsanne and 3% Chardonnay
Fermentation: Barrel fermentation with indigenous yeast
Cooperage: French Oak–Damy, Cadus & Francois Freres
Barrel Aging: 9 months (sur lie)
Release Date: December 1, 2009
Vineyard: Stagecoach Block(s): 14B
Soil: Deep clay loam admired with boulders
Exposure: Marsanne–gentle south, Chardonnay–undulating east & west
Elevation: 1,500 ft above sea level
Production: 768 cases

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CONNOISSEURS' GUIDE TO CA WINES Vol 34, Iss 9: 2007 Black Bart Marsanne

“Focusing on Marsanne, the Krupp Brothers have here created a solid partner to the (Black Bart's Bride). It is not exactly a "masculine" wine by any stretch of the imagination or traditional use of the term given its floral aromas and deeply fruity, blossomy pieces, and its alcohol and weight on the palate are eclipsed by the Bride, but since both are deep and dramatic, the differences are less of gender than  of  perception.”

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
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TASTING PANEL - 07 Black Bart Marsanne 90 Points

Lush and creamy with minerals and smooth fruit; juicy with notes of vanilla oak; balanced, rich and fresh with length, depth and style.

The Tasting Panel Magazine
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