The Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon is the fourth appellation wine to be introduced in our Cabernet series of very small bottlings dedicated to the benchland sub-appellations of Napa Valley. This bottling is the first vintage of the Coombsville Cabernet and celebrates Etude’s long-term relationship with one of the most highly regarded winegrowers in Napa Valley.
"An opulent yet tight cabernet, showing the blue fruit, black truffle and polished tannins that this region delivers. It’s full and layered with lots of different levels. Pretty finish. Nice balance here, but give it two to three years. Impressive now, though.” - James Suckling
“The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Coombsville was aged for 20 months in French oak, 75% new. Deep garnet-purple in color, it comes bounding out of the glass with exuberant scents of blueberry pie, Black Forest cake and blackcurrant jelly with suggestions of smoked meats and black olives. The full-bodied palate has a firm backbone of grainy tannins supporting the generous notions of baked black fruits with a lively lift of energy coming through on the finish. 234 cases were made.” - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
“The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (Coombsville) emerges from a single block at Meteor. Rich and creamy, the 2017 marries fruit intensity with the savory and mineral quality that is typical here. Rose petal, gravel, mint, licorice and pomegranate all run through this super-expressive, punchy Napa Valley Cabernet. The purity of the flavors is just striking.” - Antonio Galloni, March 2021
Overall, 2017 proved to be a slightly smaller yielding vintage but one of exceptional quality. A brief period of warm weather occurred during Labor Day weekend which accelerated the harvest in some areas. Temperatures subsided just when we needed and the fruit was allowed to mature and ripen perfectly on the vines before harvest officially began. Overall, a quick and intense harvest, with althea fruit picked within two to three weeks, but the quality of the vintage shows great flavor intensity, perfect ripening and maturity, lovely balance and complexity.
For more than a decade Jon has fashioned Etude wines with a simple creed. Inspired winegrowing diminishes the need for a winemaker to intervene in the cellar. Whether sourcing from the estate Grace Benoist Ranch in Sonoma's Los Carneros, or vineyards like Fiddlestix and North Canyon in famed growing regions of California's Central Coast, his focus is on coaxing the very best from the vineyard. It shows in every glass of Etude.