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Napa Valley Zinfandel

 

 Stagecoach Vineyards in its entirety is no ordinary vineyard location–it is more like its own district in and around Atlas Peak, Pritchard Hill, and Oakville that encompasses hundreds of acres of prime mountain vineyards that supply dozens of winemakers with some of their most prized grapes. The 2018 Stagecoach® is a serious red wine that shows the traits of what makes Napa Valley wines renowned and in-demand around the world. Layered, nuanced, sophisticated, and redolent with bold and ripe aromatics.  This wine explodes out of the glass with wild blackberries, jasmine blossom, cola, notes of dried sage, wild iris and compote of mixed berries. Firm and succulent mid-palate tannins make for a long and juicy finish. 478 cases produced.

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Harvest Dates: September 19, 2018

Alcohol: 14.8%

Vintage Notes: Seamless season of heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels. Volume is looking great, up 20-30% increase over average crop quantity.

Age ability: This wine is pleasurable now and will be drinking beautifully over the next 5+ years.

2018 Stagecoach Vineyard® Zinfandel (14.4% Alc)