2018 Meeting with the Mentor | Cabernet Sauvignon
The hero rises to the challenge after meeting with the mentor.
Born from the prehistoric volcano soils of the Coombsville AVA, this wine showcases notes of blackcurrant, mocha, and cigar box encapsulated in an inky purple core. Well structured and incredibly fresh in its youth, the wine envelops the palate with dense, concentrated flavors of macerated blackberry, dark chocolate, and coffee grounds. Persistent, fine-grained tannin and focused acidity create an impossibly long, lingering finish that suggests this wine will reward the senses into the coming decades.
THE VINEYARD SITE
Located in the quiet, southeastern corner of the famed Napa Valley, the Nathan Coombs Vineyard rests on the southern border of the Coombsville AVA. Situated a short distance from the San Pablo Bay, this acclaimed vineyard benefits from cooler temperatures and well-drained volcanic soils. Combined, these unique attributes create vibrant, structured wines with pure, dark berry notes and incredible aging potential.
Carefully hand harvested in the pre-dawn hours of October 19th, this pristine fruit was meticulously berry sorted at the winery. The stunning tannins of this wine were slowly extracted with twice daily pump overs and precise temperature control over a three week native fermentation. Once dry, the wine was transferred to 100% new French oak barrels where malolactic fermentation took place. After 22 peaceful months in barrel, Meeting with the Mentor was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Cases produced: 150 cases (9L equivalent)
THE MEANING BEHIND THE NAME
The Meeting with the Mentor is the crucial turning point in the hero’s journey. Our hero seeks guidance and knowledge at the beginning of the quest to overcome the many obstacles blocking the path towards the ultimate reward. This wine is an homage to the mentors I had over many years of training and education in Bordeaux. Their sage advice has given me the strength and confidence to become the winemaker I am today.