Mi Sueno vintner Rolando Hererra made this intense Coombsville Cab, though this one has evaded the fame of Hererra’s other wines. With a production total of well under 300 cases, Longfellow is among invino’s most micro-produced gems, and the only downside that we can think of when it comes to this perfectly matured Cabernet is that barely any of it remains in the marketplace.
James Laube writes in his blog: “From 2006, I was impressed by these Cabernets: Chateau Montelena (tight and structured), Hartwell Stags Leap District Essencia (plush and deep), Honig Bartolucci (dark, rich and focused), Longfellow Coombsville (rich and loamy)…” Rich, yes, with all the goodness of unfined, unfiltered Coombsville fruit—one of Napa’s coolest and hippest AVAs. Still deeply colored and effusively aromatic, with minty aromas framed by blackberry and cassis, this supple and potent Cabernet is worthy of your snootiest company, and perfect for fine cuts of beef or lamb.
Four reasons we love it:
Winemaker Rolando Herrera started at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, before moving on to produce award-winning wines at Chateau Potelle and Vine Cliff. Before striking out on his own at the now-famous Mi Sueno, Herrera also served as Director of Winemaking for superstar Paul Hobbs’ consulting business.
The 2006 Longfellow Cab was sourced primarily from the Frog Tree Vineyard, a relatively recently planted site just outside the city of Napa. While young, this vineyard has more than proven its chops when it comes to bold Cabernet.
At more than 10 years post vintage, now fully matured Cabernets and Cab blends from Napa have proven that 2006 is a serious vintage of real quality. According to the Wine Spectator: “For some Napa Valley winemakers, 2006 is one of the top vintages of the decade.”
“Coombsville shines as Napa’s new star,” wrote the San Francisco Chronicle in 2013. This is one of the most micro AVAs in the Napa Valley. Home to just 11 wineries, Coombsville is a cool-climate appellation and that is ideal for the production of intense Bordeaux varietals.
Wonderfully concentrated and full bodied, this wine will hug the sides of your glass. Nuanced aromas of ripe black fruit, cedar, and sweet loose leaf tobacco lead to plush dark fruit flavors of blackberry, cassis and cocoa dusted coffee beans. Silky and elegant tannins frame this wine and will allow it to age well.
*invino maintains excellent cellaring conditions, and strives to sell every bottle in pristine condition. As is standard industry practice, any wine purchased over seven vintage years old, is sold "as is" and may not be returned for any reason.
From the winery: We are big fans of "BIG" yet balanced wines. With our wines, Longfellow looks to produce wines that have deep color and concentrated layers of aromas and flavors yet are balanced from start through finish. Our goal is to produce wines that will get better over time, but ones that you will be talking about after dinner and tell your friends about the next day.
Our small varietal production allows Longfellow wines to be truly handcrafted from vineyard to bottle. Every aspect of the winemaking process is directed to produce wines true to their varietal heritage, but unique expressions of the vineyard and climate where they were grown.
As with all exceptional wines, the quality starts in the vineyard. With the Longfellow label, we committed that for each varietal, if high quality fruit could not be procured, the wine would not be made. Our ultimate case production will depend solely on the ability to source grapes from extraordinary vineyards. In pursuit of this goal, we have forged relationships with growers who are the foundation of our commitment to quality.
This vertical will pair well with roasted, broiled or barbecued red meats such as lamb, beef, pork or veal. Medium and strong-flavored semi-soft, semi-hard, aged or creamy cheeses work well, or pair this wine with a dark chocolate dessert for a special treat.