2001 Stonehedge Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – Stagecoach Vineyard, Napa Valley
Stonehedge Winery is known for good, cheap wine in the $12-$15 range, but their reserve wines are on another level. The 2001 Stonehedge Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard, from Napa Valley, is an awesome bottle of wine from a small, single vineyard. Wines with Stagecoach grapes in them normally fetch upwards of $45 a bottle, yet the Stonehedge is in the mid-$20 area. Big and dark, this cab has all the hallmarks of a great Napa cabernet: rich blackberry fruit, dark, toasty oak, a graphite-earthy note, and even a hint of mint and milk chocolate on the finish. Silky tannins mean drink this wine now, or cellar it for up to five more years. Winemaker Dennis Patton blends in more than 20 percent cabernet franc with the cabernet sauvignon to add sweet tobacco aromas and flavors to the finished wine. Mr. Patton ages the wine for 18 months in French oak barrels to give extra depth and that lovely dark silkiness to the finish. Try it with a New York Strip, a spicy lamb dish, or blue cheese.
In 1992 the Shahabi brothers started producing wine in Napa Valley. By the mid-1990s, they were using the Stonehedge name for their wines.
– Jarrett Osborn, Special to The Trail
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