Paul Hobbs Nathan Coombs Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Coombsville|
Bold and precise, the wine exemplifies the Coombsville AVA by expressing the volcanic soils that run throughout the estate vineyard. A vivid purple rim surrounds an opaque core while penetrating aromas emerge from initial cassis and powdered chocolate, expanding to graphite and Herbs de Provence. An immediate burst of dark cherry and ripe blackberry intermingle with savory herbs and slate-like minerality against a backdrop of balanced acidity and firm tannins that brings tension to the powerful finish. Exquisite with roasted rack of lamb with butter beans and spring onions.
This shows dark plums but then there's also lighter blackcurrant essence, dark chocolate, underbrush, mint, licorice, citrus and burnt-orange undertones in the background. Full-bodied and very intense. Yet, the tannins are compact and grainy. The finish is very long indeed, bringing all the fruit together to a wild climax. Drink in 2022.
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Nathan Coombs Estate sports a very deep purple-black color and is scented of bright red and black currants notes with an earthy undercurrent of underbrush, mossy bark and damp soil, plus suggestions of lavender and cloves. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm, chewy backbone supporting the muscular fruit, with plenty of earth layers coming through on the long, savory finish. 468 cases were made.
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Nathan Coombs Estate is endowed with serious power and depth. Succulent red cherry, spice, savory herb and floral overtones give the wine much of its personality. This striking, brilliant Coombsville Cabernet has a bright future. I would give it a few years for the formidable tannins to soften.