“Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Coombsville is deep garnet-purple in color. It sings of crushed blackberries, fresh black currants and mulberries, plus hints of cinnamon toast, menthol and pencil shavings. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers a solid structure of firm, grainy tannins and fantastic freshness to support the intense, crunchy fruit, finishing with great purity.” - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, November 30, 2021
“Having made cabernet at Gruaud Larose in St-Julien and Canoe Ridge in Washington before he came to Stags Leap Winery in 2009, Christophe Paubert developed an affinity with the fruit character of grapes grown in the hills west of Napa city, a cool pocket for cabernet. He launched this wine with the 2012 vintage, and focuses it on fruit from the Garvey Vineyard. That deep red fruit is luscious and round, darkening to bold blackcurrant flavors, sustaining freshness in their savory ripeness. The flavors have a powerful impact while the wine itself feels cool and refined. Decant it for a beautiful complement to lamb shank.” - Joshua Greene, December 2021
The 2018 Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon is a captivating expression of Cabernet coming from this relatively cooler appellation within the Napa Valley. A bounty of fresh bramble berry aromas includes black cherry, boysenberry and kirsch, alongside more savory notes of cedar, sage and dried violets. On the palate there are layers of cherry compote, wild blueberry, and cassis, supported by delicate chaparral notes of wild thyme and lavender, and more nuanced notes of graphite, anise and earthy minerality. Well-structured and complex, with a rich and mouth filling texture that finishes with incredible balance and depth. The wine is generous and concentrated, unfolding with layers of polished tannins and well-integrated oak notes that persist throughout. A classically styled Cabernet with elegance, grace, and serious aging potential.
The Napa Valley region enjoyed a stunning, near picture-perfect 2018 growing season including good winter rains, mild spring weather and steady temperatures throughout that allowed for even flowering and bud break. These ideal growing conditions were followed by a cool, even, and slow-paced harvest, which allowed the winery to vinify wines at a gentle pace. The resulting 2018 wines are of very high quality with lower alcohol, concentrated flavors, color, and excellent acidity.
Winemaker Christophe Paubert has always admired the Cabernet Sauvignon fruit from Coombsville for its concentration and fresh aromatics, referring to it as “the Pauillac” of Napa Valley. 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. Most 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. Each component of this blend was aged separately in French oak barrels (67% 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 aging allowed our winemakers to monitor and evaluate each lot individually, coaxing each to its maximum potential and complexity. The winemakers also take special care in the management of extraction during the maceration period to keep this wine a very concentrated and approachable Cabernet, truly expressive and representative of the Coombsville terroir.
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 (67% new) for 20 months|
|Blend||100% Cabernet Sauvignon|