Paul Hobbs

Nathan Coombs Estate
2017 Cabernet Franc

2019 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 23 | Lot No. 140
Vintage: 2017

Paul Hobbs

Nathan Coombs Estate

Cabernet Franc

5 cases produced


  • A special selection off a small 3.37-acre parcel of our Nathan Coombs Estate Vineyard
  • Carefully nurtured grapes farmed by the block and row, hand-harvested with shears only
  • Fermented with indigenous yeast in small closed-top tanks; aging in 100% new French oak
  • This wine captures the pedigree of one of the burgeoning nested appellations in Napa Valley


A unique grape selection from a small 3.37-acre parcel at the Nathan Coombs Estate in the Coombsville nested appellation. With cooler temperatures than found further Upvalley, and vines rooted in rocky, volcanic soils, the site expresses itself with a unique combination of power, finesse and purity of fruit.Farmed by the block and row, we thoughtfully nurture the estate, hand harvesting our grapes with hand sheers to preserve the integrity of the Cabernet Franc, allowing us to showcase the individuality of the site. Upon arrival at the winery, the must is fermented with indigenous yeast in small closed-top tanks and the resulting wine is aged in 100 percent new French oak, bottled unfined and unfiltered. This stately Cabernet Franc captures a pedigreed site within one of the burgeoning nested appellations in Napa Valley.

Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Paul Hobbs

Winemaker, Paul Hobbs

Winemaker, Paul Hobbs

Regarded as an international visionary for his accomplishments in the vineyard and winery, Paul Hobbs combines his childhood roots on the family farm with an innovative scientific approach to refine the art of winemaking. He is recognized across the globe for breaking with tradition and forging new paths in the pursuit of excellence; both in stewardship of the land, and the crafting of wines that represent the purist concept of place. Paul earned his BS in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame in 1975, and MS in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis in 1978. Shortly thereafter, he became a member of the enology team at Robert Mondavi Winery, and one year later, at the behest of Robert Mondavi himself, Paul was invited to be on the inaugural team of Opus One. A first trip to Argentina in 1988 marked the beginning of a South American winemaking career that carries on today with his wines from Viña Cobos, and his legendary status as the pioneer who launched malbec’s rise to fame.

Country born: United States

Education: BS in Chemistry at the University of Notre Dame,
MS in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California at Davis.

Years in the wine industry: 30+ years

Honors / Awards:
Named winemaker of the year twice by Robert Parker.
Named “Steve Jobs of Wine” by Forbes Magazine.
Has received 100 point scores for wines 6 times.

Winemaking Philosophy:
Let the vineyard express itself.

Our vineyard designate and appellation wines are a pure expression of our interaction with nature and place, featuring Chardonnay (Russian River Valley), Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley & Sonoma Coast) and Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley).

Paul Hobbs Winery exemplifies his vision and dedication to sustainability and his on-going quest to refine the art of winemaking with minimal intervention, yet meticulous care.

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Schramsberg Vineyards 1999 Sparkling Wine Napa Valley Brut Napa Valley Carneros Late Disgorged 25
Palmaz Vineyards 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Coombsville C2 23
Paul Hobbs 2017 Cabernet Franc Coombsville Nathan Coombs Estate 23
TATE 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Dr. Lies Vineyard 23
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