CASE - 2016 Martin Ray Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon
Located in the southeastern corner of the Napa Valley just outside of Napa proper, Coombsville received its AVA in 2011, becoming a rising star, garnering much attention for its well-drained soil and various mesoclimates throughout. We source from Mt. George Vineyard, a historical site that was originally planted in 1868, to gravelly loam soils with fantastic drainage.
Much to the delight of both grape growers and winemakers, the 2016 vintage carried through from beginning to end, with ideal conditions and ideal results. Long-awaited rainfall during the winter and early spring replenished desperate reservoirs and ground water, easing the concerns generated by several years’ worth of drought conditions. The summer was kind, with only a few heat spikes, which then carried over into a true Indian Summer; keeping daytime temperatures above normal, and the mornings foggy and cool throughout the peak month of September, permitting us to take our time in evaluating and calling picks at their optimal maturity. Nature patiently waited for us to bring in our final lots before returning with the rain that has traditionally been the signal for the end of the harvest season.
A welcome addition to our portfolio, this wine is a stark contrast to our other Cabernets. Brooding with dark purple fruit, it is rich in blackberry, mulberry and wild blueberry, with the essence of cocoa nib and kalamata olive. Cassis gives way to anise and a definitive minerality. Well-structured with supple tannins throughout, and a deep, fruit driven finish.