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.
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 (roughly two thirds 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.
“Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley comes strolling out of the glass with easy-breezy notions of Black Forest cake, blackberry pie, cardamom and damp soil plus hints of pencil shavings and bay leaves. Medium-bodied, the palate gives mouth-coating black fruits with plenty of bright, herbal sparks and a grainy texture, finishing long and savory. 4,330 cases were made.”
91 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is a gorgeous, racy wine that captures all the best the vintage has to offer within its peer group. Juicy red and purplish berry fruit, lavender and mint give the 2017 striking freshness and nuance to match its mid-weight personality. This is such a pretty and accessible wine. I would prefer to drink it over the next decade or so.”
92 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media