Lot 597 | 2013 Stagecoach Vineyard
94 pts, Steve Heimoff; 93 pts, Wine Enthusiast; Gold Medal, SF Chronicle Wine Competition; Elite Cabernet from one of Napa's most storied vineyards.
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94 pts, Steve Heimoff - Cameron Hughes 2013 Lot 597 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley); $32, 14.9%. This wine is so inky black and tannic, you might think it was a Petite Sirah. Cameron says it’s from the famous Stagecoach Vineyard, and it does have fantastic mountain concentration. The tannins are considerable: they sting the mouth and shut it down. A fatty, char-broiled steak would work, but far better is to age this wine for eight years, maybe even longer. There’s so much going on way down deep under the astringency: black currants and black raspberries, cassis liqueur, leather, violets, dark chocolate, mushu plum sauce, smoky oak, herbs, spices, the works. The wine is absolutely dry, none of that semi-sweet cult thing going on, and while there’s some headiness from alcohol, it’s even-handed, just enough to let you know this is a wine of heft. I really admire this Cabernet.
In the glass, Lot 597 is opaque and lined with a deep ruby rim. After a decant, rich aromas of dust, bramble, and wet stone mesh with undercurrents of raspberry jam, smoke, and floral nuance. The palate is refined and elegant, with fine grained tannins enveloped by dark berry flavors that linger with intensity and focus. This wine will retain youth and age beautifully for the decades to come, and should be seriously considered as a cellar candidate.
- Stagecoach Vineyard
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Alcohol by Volume
- Cases Produced
- 750 cases
- Now through 2030
- Release Email
Best so far
Wow, talk about punching above its price point! This is just outstanding now, and I suspect will continue to improve over the next couple of years. My favorite CH wine so far. The description above (black raspberries, cassis, leather, violets, dark chocolate) is spot on. I could smell this all day - the nose is worth the price of admission.
2013 was a banner year
Lots 597, 598, & 600 were among my favorites of all time. A big, hearty wine that came out of the bottle in 2019 with great fanfare. Love me some Stagecoach.
It was a dark and stormy Cab
Super dark with lots of currant, cassis and mocha notes. Needs air and will get better with time but this is delicious
Beautiful cab, needs time in cellar
Almost black in color. Even after decanting, nose is a bit reticent, but is briary, with red fruit and minerals. Very concentrated with strong tannins. Black fruit, leather, cassis, oak combine to make this wine most interesting. Get a bit of chocolate on the finish, which is also bit sharp at this time. Would age this wine a few years at least. Today is **** but will be *****.
Yet another superb Cab, in line with the 596 and 600
thick and chewy
Full body and very structured. need to decant a few hours. Putting this on the shelf for a few years.
After trying all 2013 CH cabs, I think 2013 is better than 2012. I like 597 better than 525. But 599 is even better.
Favorite of Friends
When we crack open one of these, our friends get excited. Dark fruity awesomeness. Bought a few ... a few more ... each time wishing we bought more!
Great Structure, Big Fruit
After a two hour decant lot 597 opened up. On the nose there is black berry, pepper and earth notes. It's a tight wine with a jammy quality, strong tannins and loads of minerality.
I had a bottle of the 525 with Christmas dinner and its just seems to be getting better the more time in spends in the cellar. I had the 597 in January and it needed a lot of decanting and did not seem as flavorful, but I suspect after it sits in the cellar for a year it will be quite yummy also.