Mission Codename Crème de la crème
WIA without a Maroon is unthinkable, so here’s one of the most popular Napa Cab deals of 2019.
Of all of Napa Valley’s often overlooked corners, Coombsville is truly happening, and we want you to be in on it! Pioneers with cult followings such as Paul Hobbs and Favia have already attained near perfection out of this cool new frontier with ratings bordering 100 points. Meanwhile, hidden gems that fly completely under the mainstream press radar such as our Operative favorite Maroon Wines deliver tremendous results from this cherished up and coming region. What if we told you that this $100 RESERVE Cabernet that drinks at least twice as good as that can be had for just under $40, only at The Wine Spies, only for another day thanks to WIA? Well, we just did, so secure now, read later!
Opaque maroon (obviously!) throughout with a narrow glowing purple rim. Crushed rocks interweaved with blackberry, chocolate, licorice, and spices on the enthralling nose. Terrific intensity, gorgeous fruit and loads of purity with an earthiness to add to the palate. This big, beefy red needs some breathing first as the impressive finish is tremendous and long. Enjoy with brawny cuts of meat, stewed, braised or smoked, with rosemary potatoes.
Keep in mind that before launching his own label in 2008, Paul Maroon had a 10-year contract with Joseph Phelps to sell the Cabernet from this vineyard to be used in the Insignia blend so we’re looking at crème de la crème fruit here. Add to that the structure delivered by a classic cool vintage like 2014 that is just beginning to drink wonderfully, and you have a massive hit to cellar for decades. We’re very lucky to have such a special relationship with Maroon. Our long-standing kinship allows us special access and unbelievable value, evidentially. Reap the benefits, and stock up on this beauty, which is ready to drink now with some decanting and good for long term rewards too.
What the Winery Says
2014 'Maroon Vineyard' Coombsville Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
- Paul Maroon
- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Coombsville, Napa Valley
- Release date
- August 20, 2018
- 30 months in partially new French oak