From an Oakville hillside vineyard, the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard possesses a dense purple color, a scorched earth/broodingly backward, volcanic style, and extraordinary concentration as well as richness. A tightly-knit personality and a tannic structure suggest patience will be required. (RP)
*Two Stars* Unstinting ripeness is matched step for step here by voluminous fruit and a wealth of wonderfully rich oak, but the wine is far more than a simple exercise in excess, and its focus is fixed on precise Cabernet fruit from beginning to end. It is uncommonly well balanced for a wine of its richness and immense size, and its claimed 15.2% alcohol goes largely unnoticed in the face of its riveting extract. There is simply so much to this wine that it is wholly fascinating now, but it is very much a youngster at heart and will age famously for many years.
Good medium ruby. Tight aromas of black cherry liqueur, dark chocolate, iron and minerals. Suave and lush if not hugely concentrated, but this conveys an impression of refinement and offers very good life in the mouth. The tannins hit the palate later, offering the flavors a chance to expand. (ST)
This wine grows and grows on you. Elegant and stylish, with a mix of vivid blackberry and black cherry fruit and a light touch of creamy oak and lavender. The intensity builds, revealing extra facets of depth and concentration, with firm tannins and hints of mineral and herb. (JL)
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