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Classic Mink flavors of blue fruits, pomegranate, cherry notes, with hints of fresh herbs. Darker fruits blend with notes of cocoa to balance the bright juiciness of blueberry and plum. Fine, chalky tannins with a different feel than any New World Pinot we have encountered - we often call them "Italian tannins" perhaps owing to the volcanic origins of the soils. As it opens, the minerality becomes more and more apparent balancing the hedonism of the Mink fruit and beckons you in for another mouthwatering sip. Age in the bottle will reveal the underlying depth of this wine as it evolves and broadens on the palate. This wine delights upon release, but a recent 20-year vertical reveals it has staying power rare among Pinot Noir from any growing region.
This vintage is showcasing what a picture perfect growing season imparts on a wine; nuance, brightness and depth. Unique to Coombsville, the wine has a complexity and texture that is lifted and woven together with a fresh and vibrant acidity, leading to a long and lingering finish. On the nose, dark blue fruits with notes of sweet leather and baking spice are prevalent. Flavors of raspberry, cherry, dark chocolate, and hints of dried herbs round out the palate. This wine is elegant and rich and an incredible example of what the Coombsville AVA has to offer.
The 2013 PATEL Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon is one of two new AVA designated PATEL Cabernets to be released in Fall 2016. Sourced from the Bennett Vineyard, this inky purple wine is brimming with fruit. Notes of plum and cherry are balanced with bright acidity and the beautiful tannins linger in a long, luscious finish.
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.