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2005 Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley  

Varietal Composition 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc
Vineyard Location Stagecoach Vyd (98%), Oak Knoll (1%), Mt Veeder (1%)
Harvest Date 10/30/2005 - 11/02/2005
Finished Wine

Alcohol: 14.7%

Ph: 3.86

Total Acidity: .57g/100ml

Barrel Type 80% New French Oak, 20% 1&2 year old French Oak
Barrel Time 19 months
Bottling Date June, 2007
Case Production 700 cases
Release Date June, 2008



In many of the sites where we love to work with, the location defines the wine.  In this case it is purely mountain top.  This vineyard is located directly east of Oakville on the next mountain east of the Vaca Mountain Range, which frames the eastern side of Napa Valley.  At 1500 to 1700 feet, the vineyard is known for huge boulders, red volcanic soil and very harsh growing conditions.  The berries that survive are small, thick skinned, dark, intense and tannic.



The fruit was hand sorted, destemmed and crushed with high whole berry content.  After cold soaking for 6 days, it was fermented for 11 days with the maximum temperature of 86 degrees, followed by 25 days of extended maceration in a variable capacity tank.  The malolactic fermentation took place in the barrel.  The wine was racked 5 times, blended with a touch of Merlot and Cabernet Franc and bottled in August of 2005, unfined and unfiltered. 

Tasting Notes

Very dark and opaque in the glass, one whiff says wild and intense. Aromas of blackberry, current, licorice and tobacco jump out. In the mouth the wine is concentrated and intense. The tannins are completely mouth-coating, yet the acidity and fruits are evident to balance the wine out. Ample amount of oak to match the intense mountain fruit says this is a long term candidate, possibly the biggest wine we have ever made. The 05 Stagecoach is a classic example of a Surh Luchtel wine meant for long term aging. 700 cases produced


Price/Size Bottle Case
750ml $55.00 $660.00