"Shows a dusty, cedary, oaky side. Very dry, with chewy tannins wrapped around dense, rustic, earthy dried berry, sage and tobacco leaf notes. Needs time but may always be tannic. Drink now through 2027. 154 cases made. –JL" (WS)
"The 2010 Syrah Black Bart Stagecoach Vineyard reveals plenty of site-specific character in its blackberries, olives, white pepper and flowers. The 2010 brings together the ripeness of a warm year and the bouquet of a cooler year. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022.
The Krupp brothers and winemaker Aaron Pott make rich, textured wines. The Krupps have sold fruit from their large, well-known Stagecoach vineyard for years, but have only been bottling since 2008. The most interesting wines are the Syrahs and Cabernets. The Black Bart Syrah is made from the lower parts of the family’s holdings in Stagecoach and is aged about 20 months in oak. The Krupp Brothers Syrah is made from the higher blocks on the Stagecoach hill, and sees 3 years in oak. It is a much smaller production wine than the Black Bart. The top of the line Cabernet Sauvignon M5 is a selection from a parcel planted with the Wiemar clone sourced from Chateau Latour. The 2009 Cabernets saw lengthy macerations lasting as much as 50 days, and were subsequently aged in French oak barrels, 70% new." (WA)
"The 2010 Syrah Black Bart Stagecoach Vineyard shows plenty of site-specific character in its blackberries, olives, white pepper and flowers. The 2010 brings together the ripeness of a warm year and the bouquet of a cooler year." (VM)
Dark inky garnet hue. Complex aromas of boysenberry,
maple glazed bacon, toasted oak, toffee, tar, jasmine,
orange peel and subtle earthy notes. Flavors of blackberry,
white pepper, toasted almond, vanilla, caramelized oak,
hickory, plum, roasted meats and baker’s chocolate excite
the senses. Tannins are fleshy and concentrated in the
lengthy, elegant finish. Drink now through 2025.