Paul Hobbs

Nathan Coombs Estate, Block 2
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

2020 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 24 | Lot No. 173
Vintage: 2018

Paul Hobbs

Nathan Coombs Estate, Block 2

Cabernet Sauvignon

5 cases produced


  • Block-designate wine sourced from our first estate vineyard in the Coombsville nested appellation of Napa Valley
  • The site features volcanic soils and a cool climate, and was farmed to Paul Hobbs’ standards
  • Aging 20 months in 100% new French oak barrels
  • A complex wine articulating power and finesse, with layers of cassis, dark chocolate and minerality


For the first time since establishing his first estate vineyard in Napa Valley, Paul Hobbs presents a new parcel of Cabernet Sauvignon from his Nathan Coombs Estate: Block 2. The vineyard is tucked in the southeastern section of the valley at the foot of the Vaca Mountains in the Coombsville nested appellation. Known for its volcanic soils and cool climate with its proximity to the San Pablo Bay, fruit from this site features muscular and structured wines with intense black fruit and mineral profile. In 2018, the advantageous growing season coupled with Paul's meticulous farming techniques resulted in an expressive wine that highlights a specific block and exclusively crafted for Premiere 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.


4301 Industrial Way
Benicia  CA  94510

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