Kobalt

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.3232 ratings
9.341 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Ron R
9.4

Devine. So good. Excellent -Domodomo NYC.

Devine. So good. Excellent -Domodomo NYC.

Feb 9th, 2020
Ron R
9.4

A wifey favorite. A touch woody and spicy on the nose and palate. Overall, decadent, plush and just plain approachable. We think we are the only peeps on DL quaffing this gem.

A wifey favorite. A touch woody and spicy on the nose and palate. Overall, decadent, plush and just plain approachable. We think we are the only peeps on DL quaffing this gem.

Oct 14th, 2019
Ron R
9.4

Just so smooth and linear. Drinking perfectly now. Serve it at cellar temp...

Just so smooth and linear. Drinking perfectly now. Serve it at cellar temp...

Sep 8th, 2019
Ron R
9.3

This is a cool quaff.

This is a cool quaff.

May 26th, 2019
Ron R
9.2

The nose is overloaded with kirsch, campfire and coffee notes. Palate displays deep extraction and sweetness, but lacks complexity. It’s somewhat one-dimensional, but that dimension is good, nonetheless. Good black fruit profile on the mid-palate, with a sweet, viscous finish. We’re happy at the $49 price.
Easter is on the horizon!

The nose is overloaded with kirsch, campfire and coffee notes. Palate displays deep extraction and sweetness, but lacks complexity. It’s somewhat one-dimensional, but that dimension is good, nonetheless. Good black fruit profile on the mid-palate, with a sweet, viscous finish. We’re happy at the $49 price.
Easter is on the horizon!

Apr 14th, 2019
Roy Goble

Really opened after a couple hours. Originally tempted to call it a bad bottle. Not the 95 Parker gave it but still a good wine.

Really opened after a couple hours. Originally tempted to call it a bad bottle. Not the 95 Parker gave it but still a good wine.

Dec 28th, 2017
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

Social distancing FaceTime dinner & wine with friends. It has been too long since we have gotten together. I did not take real-time notes as I normally do.

First, I have to say I am not the biggest fan of how the 2010 Napa vintage turned out over time. Not to say there weren’t some nice to very good wines made. For me, most of them lack depth & character over Napa’s better vintages.

Kolbalt’s wines from Coombsville are dark, very full & brooding. They pick late to the point of the skins just starting to shrivel. They are concentrated and when young show dark, rounded, sweet, tarry, thick tannins. But given their late fruit picking, they aren’t overly sweet or show hot alcohol from their elevated Brix’s level.

While the 2010 had softened, it was elegant & seductive on the palate but, it just lacked the complexity I have had in their better vintages. 2013 will be one for the ages after 10 years in bottle.

The 2010 showed a nice broad spectrum of fruit from dark, purple & blue. Nice round, mld dark spice, well balanced & layered baking spices, dark rich earth, limestone minerals, very good & round acidity. The finish was good showing nice, balance, texture with ripe, rounded fruits and persisted with mid dark spice without heat on the long set.

Photos of; Kolbalt’s Coombsville vineyard where they growth both Cabernet & a tiny amount of Sauvignon Blanc. Their SB is refreshing and very tropical in style. Cabernet fruit near harvest and our tasting back at the house with co-founder Kevin Carriker.

Social distancing FaceTime dinner & wine with friends. It has been too long since we have gotten together. I did not take real-time notes as I normally do.

First, I have to say I am not the biggest fan of how the 2010 Napa vintage turned out over time. Not to say there weren’t some nice to very good wines made. For me, most of them lack depth & character over Napa’s better vintages.

Kolbalt’s wines from Coombsville are dark, very full & brooding. They pick late to the point of the skins just starting to shrivel. They are concentrated and when young show dark, rounded, sweet, tarry, thick tannins. But given their late fruit picking, they aren’t overly sweet or show hot alcohol from their elevated Brix’s level.

While the 2010 had softened, it was elegant & seductive on the palate but, it just lacked the complexity I have had in their better vintages. 2013 will be one for the ages after 10 years in bottle.

The 2010 showed a nice broad spectrum of fruit from dark, purple & blue. Nice round, mld dark spice, well balanced & layered baking spices, dark rich earth, limestone minerals, very good & round acidity. The finish was good showing nice, balance, texture with ripe, rounded fruits and persisted with mid dark spice without heat on the long set.

Photos of; Kolbalt’s Coombsville vineyard where they growth both Cabernet & a tiny amount of Sauvignon Blanc. Their SB is refreshing and very tropical in style. Cabernet fruit near harvest and our tasting back at the house with co-founder Kevin Carriker.

1 person found it helpfulApr 5th, 2020
Adam Nesto

Dry tannic but fruity

Dry tannic but fruity

1 person found it helpfulFeb 16th, 2015
Kevin Carriker

Owner Kobalt Wines

9.9

1.5L

1.5L

1 person found it helpfulDec 25th, 2013
David L

02' Kolbalt Cabernet. Last time I had this bottle was in 2010. I thought it needed a little time. Somewhat question that!?! Drinking it now on the tail end of its prime. Poured it straight into the decanter & filled up the glasses soon after.

Ruby red in color. Very little off of the nose. Palate- Classic, front & middle palate is full of black fruits. Subtle chocolate notes. Polished Cabernet with a backdrop of earthiness to it. Drink the 02's up. Want to try some of the newer vintages. If you have any suggestions?

02' Kolbalt Cabernet. Last time I had this bottle was in 2010. I thought it needed a little time. Somewhat question that!?! Drinking it now on the tail end of its prime. Poured it straight into the decanter & filled up the glasses soon after.

Ruby red in color. Very little off of the nose. Palate- Classic, front & middle palate is full of black fruits. Subtle chocolate notes. Polished Cabernet with a backdrop of earthiness to it. Drink the 02's up. Want to try some of the newer vintages. If you have any suggestions?

Dec 31st, 2016