This is a powerful, well-balanced wine. Big dark fruit is countered by flavors of cooked meat and spice, the crisp end of a prime rib rubbed with black pepper and a touch of rosemary. Tannins are smooth but very firm. This is begging for time in the cellar, or a thick end cut of that prime rib.

WHO  Olson Ogden
WHAT Syrah, Stagecoach Vineyard
WHERE California, Napa Valley
WHEN 2007
HOW MUCH $52 (free media sample)

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2 Responses

  1. Robert Dwyer

    I had this wine myself just a couple of nights ago. I thought it was fantastic- a luscious, hedonistic wine. Deep, dark purple. Fresh. Very fresh. And vibrant. Blueberries, blackberries, and leather on the nose. Fleshy tannins. Youthful mouth-feel and finish. Outstanding.

  2. John Ogden

    Thanks for posting your notes on our wine, David. Glad to see you enjoyed it! You too, Robert! The grapes for this wine come from a block in Stagecoach designated solely for us. It was budded over from Cabernet Franc a few years ago. I am looking forward to trying it out over the next 6 to 12 months to see if it develops in a similar fashion to our 06 vintage syrah from this vineyard. The 2007 vintage is the first year we got grapes from our block. In 2006 we sourced grapes from a different portion of the vineyard that had different clones(383 & 470 as opposed to the 877 in our block of the vineyard).