2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Coombsville
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Coombsville) is fabulous. A rich, powerful wine, the 2015 exudes richness and volume. Super-ripe black cherry, torrefaction, new French oak, chocolate, smoke, licorice, tobacco and incense add to the wine's virile, imposing personality. Here, too, the wine's overall balance is simply impeccable. Readers should plan on cellaring the 2015 for at least a few years. This is an especially big style for Coombsville, but it works. ~ 95 points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com
2015, the third vintage in a drought cycle, was a dream vintage, with quality along the lines of 2013 and 2014. A warm, dry winter caused the vines to awaken very early. Substantial rains in late February and early March relieved most of the stress and set up the vines for a vigorous start, which was followed by continued dry conditions throughout the growing season. The summer weather was perfect for the grapes, with no heat spikes or sudden temperature swings. Harvest began a few weeks earlier than 2014 and produced outstanding fruit, dark in color, with intense aromatics, that ripened while maintaining excellent acidity.
Arriving in small picking lugs from the vineyards, the clusters were hand sorted, de-stemmed and hand sorted again, berry-by-berry. A two-day cold soak was followed by primary fermentation in small, open-top stainless steel tanks. Following an extended maceration, the fruit was gently pressed and the wine moved to barrel for secondary fermentation. The wine was aged for 19 months in rare 100% New French Artisan Oak barrels with minimal racking. Multiple, blending trials, determined the final blend, which was bottled unfined and unfiltered.