The 2016 Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon is a lovely expression of Cabernet coming from this relatively cooler appellation within the Napa Valley. The wine shows fresh ripe raspberry, boysenberry, black cherry and strawberry alongside more savory notes of vanilla spice, cedar and a sweet mocha/tiramisu-like character, from the well-integrated oak ageing. On the palate there is fresh Bing cherry and hints of blueberry, supported by a lifted chaparral note of wild sage and lavender. The structure is smooth, plush and velvety with a mouth filling texture that finishes with incredible balance and depth. The wine is generous, concentrated and complex unfolding with layers of fine tannins and well-integrated oak notes that persist throughout. This is a Cabernet lovers’ Cab that will age for many years to come.
The extended drought was beginning to cause real concern as the 2016 growing season kicked off, but some welcomed winter rain hinted at the relief to come. After a relatively dry January we enjoyed significant rainfall in February, along with mild temperatures. Bud break was early, but was slowed by heavy April showers. While still early by historical standards, picking began about a week later than 2015, right around Labor Day, and continued at a leisurely pace, allowing the grapes to reach full flavor maturity. A traditionally sized harvest followed the lighter showing of 2015, and the extended mild season helped to balance the acids and add complexity to the layers of flavors. Considered a perfect harvest and a winemaker’s dream vintage, conditions were perfect for producing a Cabernet with beautiful fruit as well as tremendous concentration of flavors, highly saturated color, and layers of complexity.
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, and the 2012 vintage marked the inaugural release of this small-lot bottling. 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.
This small bottling of Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon is a barrel selection of the most expressive lots from this highly regarded appellation. This blend was fermented separately in French oak barrels (57% new) for 20 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.
For Christophe Paubert, Winemaker and General Manager at Stags’ Leap Winery, the identity of a wine is found through the terroir. Christophe’s career has spanned the industry from sales to winemaking, and his impressive background includes positions at Chateau d’Yquem and Gruaud-Larose as well as projects in Chile, Spain and Washington State. But it was the terroir of Stags’ Leap that drew him to California.
|Oak Treatment||100% French oak barrels (57% new) for 20 months|
|Blend||100% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Case Production||500 cases|