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2007 Krupp Brothers Black Bart Syrah, Stagecoach Vineyard

Deep garnet; almost black in color. Intense aromatics of cider-smoked ham, bacon fat and graphite intertwine beautifully with green olives, blueberries, raspberries and lavender. A dense, complex palate of black raspberries, blueberries, vanilla, smoky oak framed perfectly by soft, succulent tannins. The wine has great brightness and a very persistent finish.

Harvested: September 27 to October 9, 2007
Blend: 98% Syrah and 2% Viognier
Fermentation: 4 days cold soak, 19 days on skins
Cooperage: French Oak–Damy, Cadus & Francois Freres
Barrel Aging: 19 months–85% new French Oak
Release Date: September 1, 2010
Vineyard: Stagecoach Block(s): I4, L2 & T3
Soil: Hambright–red/brown loam over rock
Exposure: Steep southerly aspect
Elevation: 1,650-1,850 ft above sea level
Production: 863 cases
Rating: 95 points, Connoisseurs' Guide; 90 points, Wine Enthusiast

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WINE ENTHUSIAST - 2007 Black Bart Syrah

"As delicious as a pastry dessert, although it’s fully dry, showing chocolate-infused blackberries, raspberries and beef jerky, sprinkled with white pepper and anise. The tannic structure is beautiful on this elegant Syrah." –SH

Wine Enthusiast
2007 Krupp Brothers Black Bart Syrah, Stagecoach Vineyard
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WINE ADVOCATE - 2007 Black Bart Syrah

"The 2007 Syrah Stagecoach Vineyard Black Bart is a big, dense, chewy, meaty Syrah with abundant fruit as well as a boatload of tannin and earthiness. Northern Rhone-like in its structural profile, it should drink well for 7-10 years." –RP

The Wine Advocate
2007 Krupp Brothers Black Bart Syrah, Stagecoach Vineyard
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CONNOISSEURS' GUIDE TO CA WINES Vol 34, Iss 9: 2007 Black Bart Syrah

“Born of grapes grown in the renowned Stagecoach Vineyard, this well-muscled wine is bigger and bolder yet than its companion bottling below. It more than makes up in richness and stunning fruit depth for what it so clearly lacks in manners, and, while tough and tannic, it ends with insistent spiced-berry fruit outdistancing all else. For some it will be too much of a good thing, but given a half-dozen years in which to develop and matched up with appropriately hearty fare, it should prove to be a bonafide star."

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
2007 Krupp Brothers Black Bart Syrah, Stagecoach Vineyard
95