Drive south from B Cellars along the Silverado Trail, turn left at the Soda Canyon Store, and start to climb Soda Canyon Road…and continue to climb and climb and climb. The road turns rough and then rougher, steep, and then steeper still. The rocky landscape and chaparral of the Vacas Mountains appear unforgiving to all but the hardiest plant life. And then you enter into the Stagecoach Vineyard.
With 600 acres under vine, divided into 200 individual vineyard blocks with 16 varietals, Stagecoach is almost more like a viticultural appellation than a single vineyard. And it is a winemaker’s delight, with an array of aspects, soil types, and altitudes combining to create flavor profiles that have helped define the category loosely described as “mountain fruit.” All of this is managed to perfection, with each individual block treated with a specific growing plan suited to coax maximum flavor and structure from the soil and the vines.