Vintage 2014
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Coombsville
Winemaker Jon Priest

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.  Grapes were sourced exclusively from the Meteor Vineyard, situated on gentle rolling hills within the Coombsville appellation.

97 Points, James Suckling

“This shows excellent character of what I call the Pauillac of Napa. So much lead pencil and blackcurrant character. Full body yet refined and polished with gorgeous tannins that are impressive and fine. Hints of mushroom and chocolate underneath. Drink or hold. Up to you.” - James Suckling

Tasting Notes

The 2014 Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon is a beautiful expression of this varietal, with layers of complexity. It exhibits intense blackberry, blueberry and black currant fruit characteristics, with an undercurrent of savory spice notes that include cinnamon, cedar, tea leaf and tobacco. This Cabernet has tremendous depth, concentration and balance, with well integrated firm tannins and a fresh, lengthy finish. Drinking very approachably now and will continue to age gracefully for many years to come.

Notes about the Vineyards

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.  Grapes were sourced exclusively from the Meteor Vineyard, situated on gentle rolling hills within the Coombsville appellation.  The vines are strongly influenced by the cooling effects of the nearby San Pablo Bay, as well as the volcanic ash based soil, along with the elevation diversity provided by the Vaca mountain range.  Meteor Vineyard is carefully looked after by owners, Barry and Tracy Schuler and Vineyard Manager Mike Wolf, which allows the vineyard to be the home to some of Napa Valley’s most distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in the Napa Valley.

About the Vintage

Despite drought conditions, the 2014 vintage proved to be ideal, with excellent quality reminiscent of 2012.  The winter was one of the driest on record in California, but substantial rains in early spring were timely and set up the vines for a strong start.  Summer temperatures were milder than expected with no extremes, and after early bud break and veraison, harvest was unusually early in 2014.  The overall dry season made for a short harvest and was ideal for producing concentrated and balanced Cabernet Sauvignons.

Winemaking Note

Etude’s philosophy remains steadfast and this Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted with very minimal winemaking intervention.  The grapes were cold soaked for 3-5 days and an extended maceration period followed fermentation to help modify the depth and mouthfeel of the wine, and to fully extract color, flavor and aromatics.  The young wine was then racked into small French oak barrels where it aged for 22 months.

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