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Napa Valley, California
The hunt to find unrivaled vineyard land led Dr. Jan Krupp high into Napa Valley’s eastern hills to a harsh mountain site, strewn with rocks and choked with chaparral, straddling Pritchard Hill and the Atlas Peak appellation. A physician with a green thumb and a passion for great wine, Krupp purchased a 41-acre property here in 1991 and began clearing the land for his new vineyard.
Four years later he enlisted the help of his brother Bart Krupp, a sharp businessman with an equal devotion to fine wine, to purchase and clear an additional 750 acres. A half-million tons of rock and debris later, the Krupps had carved two of Napa Valley’s most esteemed vineyards out of what had once been considered virtual wilderness: Krupp Brothers Vineyard and the renowned Stagecoach Vineyard. Surrounded by established neighbors Bryant Family, Dalla Valle, and Chappellet, the Krupps’ low-yielding vines today produce fruit sought after by some of the valley’s most iconic wineries. Only a small percentage of select fruit from the two vineyards goes into Krupp Brothers handcrafted wines.
Rising into and over the fogline of Napa Valley’s eastern mountains, Stagecoach Vineyard and Krupp Brothers Vineyard boast thin, rocky volcanic soils ideal for growing world-class wine grapes.
Farmed sustainably, each vineyard is planted with a permanent cover crop to curtail erosion, and viticulturist Gabrielle Shaffer employs a minimum of pesticides, fertilizer, and water on each vine block. Stretching over 1,100 contiguous acres, the undulating, varied terrain creates diverse meso-climates and soil conditions that are distinctively suited to the 17 different varieties grown in these two vineyards.
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Black Bart Syrah opens with stunning dark plum,
blackberry and rose scents followed by undercurrents of forest floor and notes of
cardamom, cinnamon and clove. Elegantly structured, with a full-bodied lush palate, this
wine reveals itself with dark plum, succulent blackberry and cocoa flavors, culminating
in a long velvety finish tinged with black pepper. Pair with roast duck with blackberry
compote or wild boar ragu pappardelle. 19 months in 70% new French oak. (If boar isn’t available, braised beef and pork ragu will do nicely.) Drink now through 2035.