It has been another great month of press coverage, and writers are really enjoying our wines made from fruit coming from Stagecoach Vineyard on Atlas Peak.
Ripe blackberry liqueur and sweet oak notes give this red a lusciousness that could be over-the-top, but the altitude of the vineyards (on Atlas Peak) help moderate that ripeness with equally substantial structure.
AZ Golf Insider had these comments about the 2012 Stagecoach Cab:
When the sun goes down on another glorious Phoenix spring day, grills ignite. And you’ll need a sturdy red to stand up to those steaks you’re about to fire up. Consider pouring a top-shelf California Cabernet Sauvignon-based red blend from Miner Family Winery of Napa Valley. The 2012 Stagecoach Cab packs tons of black cherry and licorice flavors in a firm, yet lush tannin package. Winemakers Gary Brookman and Stacy Vogel combine Old World techniques with modern technology to make some of the most elegant and expressive wines in the Oakville district. Drop a couple ribeyes on the table and decant this.
On their website, Miner classifies this wine as a “Bordeaux-style red” and I would have to wholeheartedly agree. Far from being an overly opulent “New World” style Merlot, this is refined if not elegant. Dark red fruit is combined with black (and a hint of green) pepper, both very much at home on the right bank. The wine is wonderfully restrained and full of depth – I do believe that this is close to how Merlot was intended to be. Outstanding.