2018 Paul Hobbs 'Nathan Coombs Estate' Cabernet Sauvignon Coombsville

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The unique volcanic soil composition of this site is exhibited in this Cabernet’s mineral texture and intensely structured palate. This latest release from the exceptional 2018 vintage presents a deep purple rim surrounding an opaque garnet core with an abundance of aromas emerging from bakers’ chocolate and dark cherry to crème de cassis to tapenade. Both graceful and bold on the palate, the broad tannins are balanced by pulsing acidity that brings tension and freshness throughout. Notes of boysenberry are interspersed with accents of sweet thyme against a backdrop of crush rock minerality, adding to the long finish and layers of complexity.

Named in honor of the founder of Napa, the vineyard is tucked in southeastern Napa Valley at the foot of the Vaca Mountain Range. Known for its volcanic soils and cool climate with its close proximity to the San Pablo Bay, it’s planted to all five Bordeaux varieties that feature muscular and structured wines with intense black fruit and mineral profile. 

Cabernet Sauvignon
Paul Hobbs
20 months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak; 99% New
Napa Valley
Nathan Coombs
Total Varietal Composition %:
97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc
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750 ml Bottle

Wine Advocate

Very deep purple-black in color, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Nathan Coombs Estate slowly reveals enticing notions of fresh blackberries, wild blueberries and black raspberries with emerging suggestions of cassis, tilled earth, tar and tobacco leaf. Full-bodied, the palate delivers firm, beautifully ripe tannins and tons of tightly wound, muscular black fruits with a whole myriad of savory accents and great tension, finishing with jaw-dropping purity and length. Consider broaching this sleeping giant in 4-5 years and drink it over the next 25 years+.


James Suckling

This is a hell of a wine with blackberry, blackcurrant, licorice, slate and graphite on the nose and palate. It’s full-bodied, tight and very focused with fine tannins that run the length of the wine. Goes on and on. Subtle, in a Napa way. Drink after 2023.


Wine Spectator

A menthol note opens up first, quickly followed by steeped plum, blackberry and açaí berry flavors. Sweet bay leaf, singed alder and licorice root notes fill in on the finish, without crowding the fruit, which sails through nicely. Really well-built. Best from 2022 through 2038.