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, 2015 was the fourth 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.
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.
“Very deep garnet-purple in colour, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (containing splashes of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc) opens with expressive crushed plums, mulberries and cassis with touches of dark chocolate, baking spice and black soil. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with approachable, spicy black fruit, framed by grainy tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing long with a pleasant herbal lift. 5,899 cases were made.”
92 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Dec 2017
“The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is gorgeous. Black cherry, plum, chocolate, and leather are all front and centre in this lush, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink it over the next decade.”
92 points, Antonio Galloni vinous.com, March 2018
“Freshly picked blackberries, dark plums, licorice, iodine, oyster shell and chocolate shavings. Medium to full body, fresh acidity, fine tannins and a mineral finish. Drink now.”
92 points, JamesSuckling.com, May 2018