This vineyard always seems to leave me wanting, yet the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard is undeniably outstanding. Possessing an herbal edge to its blackcurrant, damp earth, smoke tobacco and wet gravel-laced bouquet it’s medium to full-bodied, fresh and elegant on the palate, with good concentration and purity. Like a lot of these 2014s from this estate, it has solid mid-palate density and building tannin, so there is certainly plenty of upside here. Along with consultant Michel Rolland, winemaker Jean Hoefliger has produced an incredible number of killer wines in 2014 and 2015. If you’re interested in learning about all the various sites throughout the Valley, this is a good place to start.
A savory, mountain-grown Cabernet, this ties its brisk and powerful fruit directly into its tannins, so it tastes like chewing on cherry skins. Those tannins also carry a cumin-like spice and a dry bitter-chocolate edge. It’s an austere wine, with the stuffing and structure to develop and mature well.
Offers a mix of rich, juicy dark berry fruit, shaded by licorice and cedary oak notes, with gravelly earth and firm, fine-grained tannins. Amounts to an impressive interplay of acidity, tannins, dense fruit and oak. Best from 2020 through 2032. (JL, Web Only-2017)
From the eastern hillsides of Napa, south of St. Helena, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard doesn’t have the depth of some of the other Cabernet Sauvignons and edges toward a more monolithic style of Cabernet, but there are some earthy, spicy, gravelly notes as well as some rugged tannins and red and blackcurrants in abundance. This wine argues for several years of bottle age and should drink well for a quarter of a century. This winery has clearly come on strong over the last 5 to 6 years, with French Alsatian winemaker Jean Hoefliger running the winemaking show, backed up by some guru assistance from the famous Michel Rolland. (RP)
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