2016 Paul Hobbs 'Nathan Coombs Vineyard' Cabernet Franc Coombsville

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Paul Hobbs was among the first to carry the Coombsville name on the label, and this 5th vintage offering is true to its roots. A generous bouquet entices with dark chocolate, blackberry preserves, and black olives. Solidly framed in rich, grainy tannins that have mellowed beautifully over the years to let the fruit shine. Even so, it couldn’t hurt to tuck it away for another year or two as that rugged Coombsville structure continues to evolve. 

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The name Paul Hobbs is synonymous with fine California winemaking. Born into a farming family in New York, Paul borrowed early life experience to reinvent modern winemaking by employing a classical approach that pays the utmost attention to quality farming and treating the fruit minimally so that it can convey a true sense of place. While his uncanny ability to ferret out unique and expressive vineyards and undiscovered regions has only enhanced his reputation, a resume that includes winemaking stints at Opus One and Simi, as well as consulting projects with Peter Michael, Fisher Vineyards and Lewis has helped position himself as one of California's best guiding hands in the cellar. All the wine projects lucky enough to be associated with Paul Hobbs are farmed sustainably. Furthermore, crop yields are kept low to boost flavor intensity, grapes are sorted by hand, juice is turned to wine with the aid of native yeasts and the wines are bottled without fining or filtration. Paul's reach spans far and wide, with his own wineries Paul Hobbs and CrossBarn in California, and Viña Cobos in Argentina. Word on the street is that he's even got his hands on grapes from Chile, Uruguay, France and Armenia. He's got us wondering, what will this globetrotting winemaker do next?

Cabernet Franc
Paul Hobbs
20 months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak; 100% New
Napa Valley
Total Varietal Composition %:
94% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot
Alcohol %:
Score Wine Advocate:
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750 ml Bottle

Wine Advocate

The 2016 Cabernet Franc Nathan Coombs Estate is deep garnet-purple colored and a little youthfully mute, opening out to reveal redcurrant jelly, kirsch and blackberry preserves plus hints of pencil shavings, cigar box and dried Provence herbs. Medium to full-bodied, it has a rich, solid frame of grainy tannins and plenty of freshness lifting the red and black fruit to a long savory finish.