2014 Tulocay Coombsville, Napa Valley
Our current release. More restrained and Bordeaux-like than our 2013
with years to go before maturity. (More notes to come once I convince
Brie or the boss to write some!)
2013 Tulocay Coombsville, Napa Valley (regular label) SOLD OUT!
Double Gold, Best of Class and 98 points at the 2016 California State Fair!
This is the second Brie Cadman's second Cabernet Sauvignon but only the first
that we made enough of to release to the general public — that is, outside of
the wine club.
It is composed of 100% cabernet sauvignon from two vineyards in the
Coombsville AVA, about 15% Haynes and 85% Rueb (pronounced "reeb").
The Coombsville AVA, one of Napa's newest legally but with a long viticultural history, is located just east of
the city of Napa. Because it's further south than the upvalley
AVAs, it is cooler, thus yielding wines
of great balance and purity.
This Cabernet is "yummy" (as
the boss, Brie's father, says) to drink now, but will age well down the
road. A Cabernet of incredible balance.
14.7% alcohol. 170 cases bottled.
— Skippy, Chief Cellar Rat
NOTE: Brie made another Cabernet in 2013, this one
entirely from the Sciandri vineyard, also located in the Coombsville
AVA. Bearing the new Tulocay "checkerboard"
label, it will only be available to members of the Tulocay wine club
because just 37 cases were bottled. So if you want to try both Cabs and
are not yet a member of the wine club, the boss suggests you sign up.
Besides, it's free!
The History of One Old Odd Bottle of Wine
1975 Tulocay Cabernet Sauvignon
by J. D. Landis, The Cook's Cook, Oct/Nov 2015
Like most of the “odd bottles” about which I write, I had only one 1975
Tulocay Cabernet Sauvignon. I bought it decades ago, soon after it had
arrived at Rosenthal Wine Merchants, a small wine store on Manhattan’s
East Side. The shop is now gone, but its owner, Neal Rosenthal,
continues to be one of America’s finest importers and distributors of
wine (as well as of specialty food products).
Rosenthal closed his fledgling store for three weeks in August, 1979,
and went with his partner, Kerry Madigan, to Napa Valley to begin their
direct-buying program. As he said recently, “We had the good fortune of
stumbling upon Bill Cadman and his Tulocay winery located on Coombsville
Road in Napa. We bought this still stunning 1975 Cabernet.”
Bill Cadman had founded Tulocay in 1974, when he was thirty years old.
It is one of the oldest Napa wineries; it’s also one of the smallest.
(For the rest of the article, go here.)
“Red wine is what you
drink. White wine is what you wash
pickups with.” — William
M. Weeks, former Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon
"If Gregory Peck was a grape, he would be Cabernet
Noble, suave, immensely charming and massively ageworthy cabernet
is the stallion of style that raises the standard for all around
it. In fact, that's just it with cabernet sauvignon; it's the noblest
of the noble grapes, the prince against which all kinds of manners
and flavours and desires are compared....
A date with a great bottle of cabernet sauvignon is like a bedroom
rendezvous with royalty." — Aussie wine writer Campbell
“My generation, faced as it grew with a choice between religious
belief and existential despair, chose marijuana. Now we are in
our Cabernet stage.” — columnist Peggy
"Cabernet Sauvignon is the black Labrador
of wines — it
comes up and licks you." — winemaker Scott
"Wine is like duct tape: It fixes everything." — Old Minnesota saying