This small bottling of Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon is a barrel selection of the most
expressive lots from this highly regarded appellation..
"Stunning aromas of oyster shell,
blackcurrant and blueberry. Full
body, very intense with extremely
fine tannins and a powerful finish.
This is built for ageing. Better in
2019 but already a joy to taste." - James Suckling, December 2017
"Deep garnet-purple, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Coombsville has a vibrant nose of crushed black currants, red plums and red currants with touches of yeast extract, cedar box, pencil lead, dried Mediterranean herbs and beef drippings. Medium-bodied, the palate is wonderfully elegant and fully ripe/expressive, with tons of black and red fruit flavor layers and a mineral element supported by fine-grained tannins and harmonious freshness. It finishes with great persistence. This will challenge your preconceptions of Napa Cabernet! Should go on for 25+ years. 500 cases were made." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, December 2016
The 2014 Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon is a beautiful expression of Cabernet coming
from this relatively cooler appellation within the Napa Valley. The wine is full of juicy
blackberry and cherry, alongside fresh flavors of currants and cassis, which evolve into
savory notes of cigar leaves and leather. This Cabernet is plush and mouth filling, with
incredible balance and depth. The wine is concentrated and complex with fine tannins
and well integrated oak notes that persist through the tremendously long finish. This is a
Cabernet lovers Cab that will age for a very long time.
Winemaker Christophe Paubert has always admired the Cabernet Sauvignon fruit from
Coombsville for its concentration and fresh aromatics. Year after year the appellation yields
some of the most concentrated and distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley. This wine captures a
pure expression of Napa’s southeastern corner and its unique elevation and cooler terroir. The
majority of the blend comes from Garvey Vineyard, and long-standing relationships with some
of the most highly regarded growers in Coombsville ensure this wine exemplifies the excellent
structure, concentrated fresh flavors and significant tannins of this celebrated appellation.
Despite drought conditions, the 2014 vintage proved to be ideal, with excellent quality reminiscent of 2012 and 2013. The winter was one of the driest on record in California, but substantial rains in early spring were timely and set up the vines for a strong start. Summer temperatures were milder than expected with no extremes, and after early budbreak and veraison, harvest was unusually early in 2014. Despite this, the overall dry season was ideal for producing a fresh Cabernet Sauvignon of wonderful quality.
This blend was fermented separately
in French oak barrels (75% new) for 18 months and blended just prior to bottling.
Custom-toasted, very low impact barrels of new French oak were hand-selected, which
supported the wine during maturation but did not impart excessive flavors. Keeping the
lots separate throughout fermentation and aging allowed Christophe to monitor and
evaluate each lot individually, coaxing each to its maximum potential and complexity.
Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon