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2006 Krupp Brothers Merlot, Stagecoach Vineyard

Attractive aromas of dried herbs, sage and fennel, boysenberry, blueberries, black olives, creamed corn and cedar. The palate transitions to sweet currants, dark cherries and ripe plums. A beautifully crafted and focused Merlot, medium bodied and structural with a sweet fruit center and fine persistent tannins. A wonderfully supple, persistent wine.

Harvested: September 8, 2006
Blend: 98% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon
Fermentation: 4 day cold soak with 21 days on skins, indigenous yeast
Cooperage: French Oak–Taransaud, Bossuet & Sylvan
Barrel Aging: 16 months–75% new oak
Release Date: July 1, 2010
Vineyard: Stagecoach Block(s): D4
Soil: Insanely rocky, red soil
Exposure: Gentle south facing
Elevation: 1,500 ft above sea level
Production: 380 cases
Rating: 92 points, WINE SPECTATOR; 90 points, WINE ENTHUSIAST

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WINE SPECTATOR - 2006 Krupp Brothers Merlot

"Elegant and well-structured, with appealing aromas of red currant, cedar and tomato leaf that lead to complex flavors of ripe plum, bittersweet chocolate and olive. Tannins ease in at the finish. Drink now through 2016."—T.F.

Wine Spectator
2006 Krupp Brothers Merlot, Stagecoach Vineyard
92
WINE ENTHUSIAST - 2006 Krupp Brothers Merlot

"Held back for four years, this Merlot is fully drinkable now. It’s a lush, fancy wine whose rich cherry, currant, cocoa, red licorice, spice and sandalwood flavors are enhanced by finely ground mountain tannins. The vineyard is high up on Atlas Peak." –SH

Wine Enthusiast
2006 Krupp Brothers Merlot, Stagecoach Vineyard
90