Nose

On the nose find wild elderberry, black currant, and tobacco.

Palate

Pure, delineated flavors of ripe blueberry, graphite, olive, sage, thyme and sea salt provide for an ever evolving experience on the palate. Fine-grained tannins, balanced acidity and a richly intense texture persist through the very long finish.

Growing Conditions

A true test of our vineyard team’s mettle, the challenges of the 2015 season commenced early with cold, damp, windy conditions during bloom causing poor set, and unevenly ripened clusters - what is known as ‘shot berries’. The remainder of the season steadied, and with much handwork and fruit thinning, delivered ripe and balanced fruit of high quality. Harvest was early across the board, a common occurrence when the vine carries a light crop. Vineyards: Nathan Coombs Estate, Flat Rock, State Lane, Wombats

Harvest

Hand-harvested at night, sheers only.

Bottling

Bottled unfined and unfiltered; June, 2017.

Winemaking

 Hand-sorted while still cold from the field  Fermented in small, closed-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts  5 day cold soak, 29 day total maceration  Gentle pumpovers and délestage  Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barre

Aging

Aged 20 months in French oak barrels; 71% new. Coopers: Baron, Darnajou, Radoux, Taransaud, Boutes

Appearance

The color of a Burmese ruby, the 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon even in its appearance has an exuberant nature.

Food Pairing

Exquisite with grilled rib eye, pasta Bolognese, or a delicate beef carpaccio. Serve at 50°-55°