The beautiful 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Paul Hobbs’ multiple sources. It exhibits a vibrant, young, blue/black color as well as a stunning nose of Asian plum sauce, black currants, blueberries and a touch of forest floor. Rich, opulent and full-bodied, it is meant for early drinking, but at age ten, it is showing no signs of premature aging. The pleasure police may accuse this wine of being a fruit bomb, but, boy, is it gorgeous, rich and satisfying on both a hedonistic and intellectual level! There is a lot going on here, and by Napa Valley standards, it is reasonably priced. Drink it over the next decade. (RP)
As is so often the case with Mr. Hobbs' wines, this flamboyant bottling does raise the question of how much ripeness and rich oak is enough, and, while there is no denying that the wine has plenty both, it is kept from the brink by its appointment of very deep fruit. Intensely flavorful and an immense mouthful of wine with a good streak of integral tannins underlying its long, oak-drenched, curranty finish, it may prove anathema to those who find little elegance in its construction while delighting lovers of big and involving red wines.
Racy, rich and smooth, this is sharply focused, with a balsamic edge to the plum and raspberry fruit.—2003 California Cabernet blind retrospective (July 2013). 3,818 cases made. (JL)
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