Stir It Up, Stagecoach Vineyard, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon

“Quench me when I'm thirsty. Come on and cool me down, baby, when I'm hot. Come on and stir it up. Little darlin', stir it up!” Bob Marley.

Our vines are located on Prichard Hill, in the eastern hills above St.Helena. A southerly view of the San Francisco Bay only enhances this unique positioning of the very mouth of Foss Valley. The west facing slopes allow for a steady breeze which comes up from the Bay and through the valley. This maritime influence does wonders for our Cabernet Sauvignon because the fog gets here first.

Factsheet Reviews Purchase

2013

James Suckling

95 POINTS

"A pure and beautiful red with blackberry, chocolate, and light vanilla character. Shows form and tension in a thick and dense style. Better in 2019 but already so delicious and impressive."

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

92+ POINTS

"The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Stir it Up comes from Atlas Peak and was aged in 80% new French oak and 20% one-year-old barrels. This has the most opaque purple color of this group of wines, the biggest, richest extract, youthful blackberry and cassis fruit and a touch of oak. It's impressively well-endowed, pure, tannic and built for the long-haul. This wine should be forgotten for five years and drunk over the following 20 years."

VINEYARD

The Atlas Peak region of Stagecoach Vineyards is dominated by the typical red volcanic soils, but what makes the area unique is its enormous quantities of flat rock, which provides exceptional drainage to the hillside blocks. This delivers freshness and great acidity – the backbone of any great wine.

Location: Napa Valley
Size: 65 acres
Soil: Hambright complex, Guenoc-Rock red, volcanic soils, boulder-strewn clay loam
Varieties: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

TECHNICAL

Vinification is very similar to those wines that are made in France. After running through two sets of sorting tables – firstly by bunch and then, after the de-stemmer, grape by grape, with a long cold soak before fermentation occurs. Wooden vats brought over to California from Cognac, allow a more seamless take-on of wood. The wines undergo their malolactic fermentation in new French oak, and are aged in the same oak for up to two years.

Production Level: 1000
Cellaring: Recommended cellaring: up to 20 - 30 years from vintage

ANYTHING UNUSUAL?

Grown in one of the most exciting regions currently with all of the ‘A list’ winemakers centring on it as a major contender to the classic AVA’s of Rutherford and Oakville. The area is rugged and the wine really reflects the hardship that went into the planting of these vines in this countryside.

WHAT THEY SAY

95 POINTS, JAMES SUCKLING

"A pure and beautiful red with blackberry, chocolate, and light vanilla character. Shows form and tension in a thick and dense style. Better in 2019 but already so delicious and impressive."