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Wine of the Week: 2002 Palmeri Syrah,
Stagecoach Vineyard, Napa Valley ($47)

Thursday, April 14, 2005

This is longtime wine consultant Kerry Damskey's first wine under his own label. And what a debut it is. A resident of Sonoma County, Damskey -- whose parents own a small vineyard on Silverado Trail south of Calistoga -- has a long-term contract for 10 acres of Jan Krupp's Stagecoach Syrah for this project.

The wine sports a pretty purple color with sweet plum, chocolate and powdery cocoa aromas. On the palate it is soft, warm and sweet with fabulous, ripe, deep-flavored fruit on a substantial body. Drink now and over the next 10 years. The price is high for a California Syrah, but Damskey is trying to make a statement and I think he's pulled it off.

Stagecoach is at up to 1,700 feet on the eastern edge of the Napa Valley, north of Atlas Peak. The blend has 2 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, also from Stagecoach. It was aged for 18 months in 65 percent new French oak, 10 percent second-season French wood, and 25 percent new American barrels. The listed alcohol is 14.5 percent. There were only 200 cases produced.

-- Alan Goldfarb
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