Inky black in color, with aromatic complexity and fantastic varietal character. Layers of ripe blackberry, toasted French oak, vanilla, black tea, caramel, plum, cedar and coriander spice lift from the glass. The palate is flush, round, and full of flavors consisting of ripe cassis, chocolate covered almond, black cherry, soy sauce, tootsie roll, plums and well integrated caramelized oak. The persistent finish is rich and lengthy with a supple, sexy elegance. This Cabernet begs for a medium rare steak pairing! Drink now through 2026.
"The vineyard straddles Atlas Peak and the Pritchard Hill region, and this beautiful Cabernet shows its terroir in the firm tannins and ripe, complex flavors. It’s high in alcohol, which gives it some heat, and it is rich in flavors of blackberry and cherry jam and cassis liqueur. Give it an hour or two in the decanter and drink now." —S.H.
"The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach is a huge wine bursting at the seams with fruit. The wine literally covers every inch of the palate with layers of dark fruit in an opulent style backed up with plenty of deep structure. Plums, exotic spices, mineral and violets wrap around an intense, muscular finish. The blend is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec and 2% Merlot. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023."—AG