Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Nathan Coombs Estate is profoundly scented of Black Forest cake, blackcurrant cordial and blueberry compote with touches of baking spices, fragrant earth, tobacco leaf and wild thyme. The medium to full-bodied palate is so vibrant and energetic with a firm, ripe, grainy frame and oodles of freshness, finishing long and mineral tinged. 500 cases produced.
-Robert Parker, 97 pts.
This is a big and mouth-filling wine with masses of tannins and rich fruit. Full body, dark-blueberry character and a long, flavorful finish. Tannin driven, this needs a lot of time to come around. Try after 2022.
-James Suckling, 96 pts.
Dark and winey, with a densely packed core of steeped açaí berry and blueberry reduction flavors, wrapped in singed cedar and alder notes, ending with a swath of tobacco and fruit on the finish. The tannins are a touch burly at the very end, but that's Coombsville structure. The ample fruit and drive should win this fans. A good candidate to age. Best from 2022 through 2036.
-Wine Spectator, 95 pts.
This is the fifth vintage offering of this wine that was one of the first to carry the Coombsville name on its label. True to its site tucked in the southeast corner of Napa Valley, the wine reveals a deep purple rim surrounding an opaque core while an abundance of aromas emerge from dark chocolate and cigar leaf to blackcurrant and marinated black olives. An intensely structured palate of cassis, coriander, and dark cherry possess firm tannins amongst a backdrop of balanced acidity that brings tension and focus. The finish is everlasting bolstered by a crushed rock minerality that confers the site’s inherent rocky volcanic soils.