93pts Jeb Dunnek
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard (97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot) comes from a larger vineyard on Pritchard Hill and reveals a deep purple/blue hue as well as solid aromatics of crème de cassis, toasty oak, framboise, and dried flowers. This spicy, medium to full-bodied Cabernet has plenty of sweet fruit, a rounded, nicely textured mouthfeel, beautiful balance, and outstanding length. It's just another gorgeous 2018 that delivers the goods. It's already hard to resist yet should evolve nicely for 10-15 years.
93pts James Suckling
Perfumed aromas of pine needles, dried herbs, grated dark chocolate and ripe blueberries. Sandalwood, too. It’s full-bodied with firm, ripe and creamy tannins. Exudes power. Better from 2023.
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard is a powerful, explosive wine. Blackberry jam, espresso, bittersweet chocolate, cloves and licorice build as this potent Cabernet shows off its personality. Readers will find a classic Stagecoach Cabernet bursting at the seams with inky fruit and firm mountain tannins. Give it a few years to soften.
The bountiful 2018 Napa vintage was more about elegance than pure power. Aged in 75% New French Oak barrels with 3% Petit Verdot blended in to round out the mid-pallet, the 2018 Stagecoach pours a nearly opaque purple with a bouquet of black cherry, freshly cut cedar, crushed rocks and vanilla brioche. The red berry fruit flavors soon give way to cola and umami rich soy sauce. The pallet is slick and tight in its youth with fine grained and silky tannins that envelope the tongue. This wine will reward cellaring and/or a decant.