From its dense, saturated ruby hue to its earthy, cigar box nose, this cabernet sauvignon commands attention and suggests a cellar-worthy wine. More than evident on the palate right now is the great intensity, depth and structure it possesses. Pure, focused flavors of black cherry, currant and tobacco coat the mouth, while notes of forest floor and pencil shavings add further dimension and nuance. A lingering finish offers balanced acidity and firm, chewy tannins. Alcohol 15.1%
Varietal Composition: 98% Cabernet Sauvignon & 2% Cabernet Franc
"Inky violet. Seductive spice- and floral-accented blackberry and cassis aromas, with a gentle hint of cured tobacco. Ripe and plush, with sweet dark berry flavors, gentle tannins and an impressively sweet tone on the finish. This is extremely concentrated but there's impressive mineral lift, too. Range: 93-94"
International Wine Cellar
"Dense, rich and savory, with earthy hazelnut, dried currant, black cherry and blackberry fruit that slowly unfolds to reveal extra facets of spice, berry, fresh-cut flowers and sage. Returns to the fruit theme on the finish. Best from 2010 through 2017. 525 cases made. "
"As usual, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard is more primordial and broodingly backward than its siblings. It offers notes of charcoal and earthy black currants, high tannins, and a full-bodied, powerful personality. While filled with purity and depth, it will need time in the bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2025.
The Wine Advocate
"Strongly scented with cassis and blackberries and showing a distinct streak of minerals and dark soils in the nose, this fat and full-bodied working is biased just a bit to ripeness in the mouth with deep flavors that play juicy fruit against lots of sweet oak. Arguably a touch hot and showing just a touch of the narrowness that marks many wines of the vintage, it ends with a long and very flavorful finish, and it should hit its best within a half-dozen years."