2016 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Nathan Coombs Estate
Winemaker Notes: This is the fifth vintage offering of this wine that was one of the first to carry the Coombsville name on its label. True to its site tucked in the southeast corner of Napa Valley, the wine reveals a deep purple rim surrounding an opaque core while an abundance of aromas emerge from dark chocolate and cigar leaf to black currant and marinated black olives. An intensely structured palate of cassis, coriander, and dark cherry possess firm tannins amongst a backdrop of balanced acidity that brings tension and focus. The finish is everlasting bolstered by a crushed rock minerality that confers the site’s inherent rocky volcanic soils.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 97pts: The 2016 Cabernet Franc Nathan Coombs Estate is deep garnet-purple colored and a little youthfully mute, opening out to reveal redcurrant jelly, kirsch and blackberry preserves plus hints of pencil shavings, cigar box and dried Provence herbs. Medium to full-bodied, it has a rich, solid frame of grainy tannins and plenty of freshness lifting the red and black fruit to a long savory finish.
Coombsville Wine: Situated in the southeastern corner of Napa Valley in the Vaca range, the vineyards of the Coombsville AVA enjoy a long growing season mitigated by cool, San Pablo Bay fog.