2013 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Nathan Coombs Estate
Wine Advocate Paul Hobbs Winery, 2013 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Nathan Coombs Estate
"From their own estate, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Nathan Coombs Estate has a little Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot in the blend. This is a beauty with loads of minerality, almost liquefied rock-like character, and plenty of spicy red and black currants moving toward blueberry and blackberry. It is rich, shows some licorice, a layered texture and a long, long finish. This is another 20 to 30-year wine, as are all of these 2013s." –Mar 2016
Vinous Paul Hobbs Winery, 2013 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Nathan Coombs Estate
"Vivid and utterly captivating, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Nathan Coombs Estate Vineyard is also a wonderfully complete wine that brings together aromatic complexity, unctuous fruit and powerful structure, all signatures of this great Napa Valley vintage. Today, the 2013 is even better than it was from bottle. Drops of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot round out the blend in a wine that captures the very best of site and year. -AG"
Paul Hobbs Winery, 2013 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Nathan Coombs Estate
96% Cabernet Sauvignon
3% Cabernet Franc
1% Petit Verdot
Nathan Coombs Estate has southwestern exposures with soils of Guenoc Rock Outcrop Complex, Haire Loam, Haire Clay Loam and Sobranate Loam. Fruit is hand-harvested at night and hand-sorted while still cold from the field.
Grapes are fermented in small, closed top, stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts. The juice undergoes a 6-day cold soak and 30 days total maceration with gentle pumpovers and delestage. Fruit ages 20 months in French oak barrels (100% new) with spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels.
2013 was a phenomenal growing season in just about every way. A warm, dry spring led to early bud break, limited canopy vigor and berry size, and created ideal conditions through bloom and fruit set. An abundance of long sunny days with only one heat spike in early July resulted in even
ripening and an early harvest with exceptional flavor development. The 2013 vintage offers very high quality wines that are striking in their balance and expression.