If a wine is going to be our Top Domestic Cabernet of the year, it truly and surely has to make us pause and take notice while we are tasting it. It should be singular, complex, and with an abundance of flavors. Here before you is that wine, and it is profound Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon!
Brothers Jan and Bart Krupp planted the Stagacoach Vineyard high atop the Vaca Mountains that lie on the eastern side of the Napa Valley. Their keen eyes and dedication to great farming made Stagecoach a high-regarded vineyard source for brands such as Paul Hobbs, Pahlmeyer, and others. They took cuttings from their cherished M5 block, and planted the same parent material on a portion of the vineyard that is a little rockier, sits at higher elevation, and is more impacted from the cooling influences of the San Pablo Bay. The result was a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that has all the intensity of M5, yet with slightly more velvety tannins, and more floral aromatics! They then bottled just 10 cases of this wine for the prestigious Premiere Napa Valley Auction, and Hi-Time acquired all 10 cases. That's it...just 10 cases of this wine were bottled for the world!
Made by Julien Fayard, who has worked at the esteemed First Grown Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, and alongside Philippe Melka as Director of Winemaking at Atelier Melka, this Cabernet Sauvignon is opaque ruby in color with heavy staining on the tears, the wine opens with aromas of black currants, cassis, black cherry, vanilla, baking spices, sweet herbs, blackberries, and a dusting of cocoa. Full-bodied, rich, and powerful, the fruit flavors just keep on coming, where they are joined by tobacco, five-spice powder, and grippy but well-integrated tannins. The finish on this just keeps pumping on and on!