Surh Luchtel Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard 2005, 90 points

2005 Surh Luchtel Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard

(USA, California, Napa Valley)

Sweet oak and vanilla aromas jump out of the bottle upon opening, though the fruit characteristics are slow to emerge without ample aeration. Cedar dominates the nose, followed by hints of earth, smoked meat, sage, spice, and mineral. These carry through on the palate, with red cherry, blackberry, currant, and cherry liqueur showing up at the core of this amazingly complex cabernet. The enveloping tannins yield somewhat once the wine has been open for two to three hours. The ’04 Stagecoach is a classic example of a Surh Luchtel wine meant for long term aging. 300 cases produced with a small number of 3 liters.

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