LCBO Vintages Release
“Paul Hobbs has emerged as one of the great success stories in Northern California. […] I had an extensive tasting with Hobbs at his winery in late January, and the results were all impressive. […] As for the Bordeaux varietals, there’s no question that 2013 is the game-changer, as I indicated in previous reports, but 2014 is delicious and another top-notch success.”
Robert Parker on Paul Hobbs Winery, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, March 2016
Paul Hobbs’s Napa Valley Cabernet delivers exceptional depth by sourcing fruit some of the Valley’s best vineyards: Nathan Coombs Estate, State Lane, and Flat Rock.
In a string of excellent vintages, 2014 was the third straight outstanding season in a row. Dry winter and spring conditions limited canopy vigour, and a warm growing season without disruptive heat spikes resulted in steady, even ripening through to harvest. The resulting wines possess great site specificity and depth.
Produced using hand-harvested fruit, picked at night when the berries are cool, Hobbs’s Napa Cabernet is a showcase for some of the valley’s best vineyards. Following a five-day maceration, the wine was fermented by native yeast in open-top stainless steel tanks. It went through spontaneous malolactic fermentation after being racked to barrels. Following 20 months maturation in French and American oak (61% new), the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered. The final blend comprises 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot.
This is a stately Cab, deep crimson in colour with a luxurious perfumed nose: red currant, boysenberry, cedar, and herbes de Provence. The palate introduces layers of cassis, graphite, blueberry, and sage. Seamless, velvety tannins frame a long, elegant finish.
“Aromas of tar, blackberries, cloves and dark chocolate. Perfumed. Full and focused with a beautiful center palate and length. Mostly from Nathan Combs in Coombsville with some Yountville-sourced fruit. Best ever.”
95 points, JamesSuckling.com, Jan 2017
“Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon leaps from the glass with fresh, exuberant cassis and crushed blackberry notes plus hints of cigar box, dried Mediterranean herbs, violets and Marmite toast. Full-bodied and built like a brick house, with firm, grainy tannins and lively acid supporting the generous black berry and savory flavors, it finishes with great length and poise. It is drinking beautifully now but has the stuffing to cellar for 12+ years.”
92 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Nov 2017