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2016 Etude Coombsville Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Etude Coombsville Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon


2016 Etude Coombsville Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Price $155.00
Case (12)
Price $1,860.00

Tasting Notes

The 2016 Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon is rich and ripe with a deep plum, inky, purple hue to compliment the depth and concentration evident here. The complexity of this Cabernet points to its ability to evolve and age for many years to come. Blackberry, blueberry and black currant fruit leads to aromas and flavors of huckleberry, gardenia and iris, alongside more savory notes of cedar, sweet pipe tobacco, graphite and anise seed. A cooler and slightly smaller vintage, this Cabernet is showing darker, more intense characteristics than previous years with fine-textured, silky tannins leading to a very lengthy, lingering finish.

Technical Information

Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage 2016
Appellation Coombsville
Blend 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Oak Treatment 100% French oak barrels (75% new) for 20 months
Alcohol % 14.5%
Enclosure Type Cork
Case Production 315 cases
pH 3.74

Scores & Accolades

  • 94+
    Wine Advocate - "Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon—all Clone 4—the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Coombsville is deep garnet-purple in color. It strolls nonchalantly out of the glass with notes of crushed black currants, black raspberries and blackberry preserves plus hints of cigar box, pencil lead, tapenade and fragrant earth. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has fantastic freshness and tension, with a firm, grainy frame and loads of mineral sparks, finishing with impressive length and energy. 315 cases were made.” - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, August 13th, 2020
  • 95 - "This shows really beautiful purity of fruit with blackcurrant and plum-skin aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, yet tight and tense with polished, refined tannins running through the center palate. Persistent finish. Drink in 2022 and onwards.”
  • 92
    Wine Spectator - "Juicy and enticing, featuring plum, blueberry and blackberry flavors, laced with light bramble and licorice accents. Maintains good energy all the way through. Best from 2021 through 2028. 315 cases made.” - James Molesworth, November 2020


The grapes were cold soaked for 3-5 days and fermented on their skins in open top fermenters. An extended maceration period followed fermentation to help modify the depth and mouthfeel of the wine, and to fully extract color, flavor and aromatics. The young wine was then racked into small French oak barrels – using a selection of coopers and forests to accentuate the vineyard distinctions – where it aged for 20 months in 100% French Oak (75% new). Each lot was kept separate until final blending. The resulting wine was returned to barrel for an additional nine months of aging.


The 2016 vintage was challenging, with the impact of our continuing drought requiring a deft touch in the vineyard, although there was some winter rain that helped recharge much needed groundwater. Bud break was early in February, and the march toward harvest continued through the season, with fruit arriving about two weeks earlier than normal. Shatter resulted in some blocks with lower yields, but the warm, mild growing days led to fruit with abundant flavor, good acidity and balance.


Grapes were sourced exclusively from the Meteor Vineyard, situated on gentle rolling hills within the Coombsville appellation in Napa Valley and planted in 1999 to three distinct Cabernet clones. The vines are strongly influenced by the cooling effects of the nearby San Pablo Bay, as well as the stony, rich volcanic ash soil, along with the elevation diversity provided by the Vaca mountain range. Meteor Vineyard is carefully looked after by owner Barry Schuler and Vineyard Manager Mike Wolf, which allows the vineyard to proudly be home to some of Napa Valley’s most distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

Winemaker Jon Priest