Napa Cabernet by Rapp Ranch | 2016
Rapp Ranch is in the heart of Coombsville. Tucked-up against the foothills of the Vaca Mountains in the Valley's southeastern corner, summer temperatures, here, can be 10 degrees cooler than places like Oakville or Calistoga. As global warming takes charge, it's a blessing to be in Coombsville where Cabernet Sauvignon achieves its lustrous, brambly fruit without the slam-dunk of heat on the palate. At 14.2% alcohol with 97% Cabernet Sauvignon (and aged in 55% new oak!), this 2016 is exceptionally soft and intense at the same time. After a few minutes in the glass, the wine perks-up with cocoa and plum, dark cherry and cedar, sweet licorice and blackberry. Decant away and freely sink into the heart of Coombsville!