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A modern expression of Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon that draws more than a little inspiration from France. On the nose, sweet blackcurrant and soft earth notes invite a second sniff. The palate presents an abundance of luscious black fruit grounded in a savory backbone of earth and dried herbs. Though fully ripe, the wine maintains a wonderful natural freshness and energy with soft, structured tannins and long, dynamic finish.
This rich, dark Cabernet brings together precision, elegance, structure and depth. The nose blooms with aromas of juicy berries, caramel and currants, with a subtle touch of graphite behind. In the mouth, layers of luscious black and purple fruits unfurl with juicy plum, brûléed boysenberries, spicy notes of clove and anise, and a black, volcanic minerality. Well-knit tannins structure the dense, round texture and carry the long finish through sweet blue fruit and warm, gentle spices.
Intense aromatics and rich, pungent red-toned fruit make a strong opening statement in the 2015 Cabernet Franc. Varietal notes are amped up in this sensual, fruity Cabernet Franc. I would prefer to drink the 2015 sooner rather than later, but there is more than enough depth to support at least a handful of years in the cellar.
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Coombsville) is superb. Dark, powerful, and savory, full-bodied, it packs a serious punch. The near-perfect 2016 growing season started early, saw ideal weather conditions throughout and wrapped up as the valley's first significant fall rainstorm arrived on October 14. Thanks to a relatively steady and mild July and August and then a series of warm days at the end of the growing season, vineyards were able to progress to perfect ripeness. Wines from the 2016 vintage are now quietly developing in cellars throughout Napa Valley and vintners are pinching themselves and smiling for the gift it appears Mother Nature has given them: a fifth consecutive vintage of stellar quality Napa Valley wines.
Complex aromas of plum, dried cherries, kirsch, and mocha are but precursors to the opulent juicy fruit on the palate. A broad flavor palette of cocoa, black cherry and cassis frame the soft, textured wine that is at once sleek, balanced while dense and lingering in its finish. Its approachability begs for near term consumption while its lively balance offers promise of more to come with time.