2013 Paul Hobbs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $110) SKU #1249807

$99.99

JS 93 RP 93 VN 93
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K&L Notes

Paul Hobbs is certainly one of the most recognizable names and highly revered names in California winemaking. While Hobbs may be reserved and somewhat understated himself, his wines are anything but. Having built his reputation at such illustrious estates as Opus One and Peter Michael, his depth of knowledge and experience is undeniable. It should come as little surprise that when blessed with the bounty of 2013 vintage, he crafted some of the top wines in his distinguished career.

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  • Mari Keilman
    By: Mari Keilman
    4/29/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    While producers try to tout the more noteworthy and smaller AVAs like Oakville and Yountville in an attempt to elevate their status, Paul Hobbs' Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley is a true testament that he makes great wines even from the largest and most overarching AVA by blending from some of the best vineyards in Napa. 40% of the fruit comes from their Coombsville estate (with the '14 Nathan Coombs Cab receiving 99 points from Wine Advocate), with the underlying minerality and soft yet present tannins being a nod to the moderate yet long ripening period of the Coombsville terroir. The remaining vineyards from the surrounding Napa Valley (one being the famed Beckstoffer Dr. Crane) flesh out and balance the NV Cab with a concentrated and dense core loaded with black currants, boysenberry, and copious amounts of cocoa. And while the finish is long and persistent with spice and cassis tones, there is also an alarming amount of acidity and finesse.
  • Anthony Russo
    By: Anthony Russo
    4/29/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    Oh yeah, this is the good stuff... Cocoa, vanilla, crème de cassis, and full-bodied, all with the elegance and structure expected out of Paul Hobbs. The aromas alone are worth the price!
  • Olivia Ragni
    By: Olivia Ragni
    4/28/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    On the nose are alluring notes of black currants, cassis and sweet cocoa along with hints of fresh vanilla. The intense dark, concentrated fruit on the mouth-coating mid-palate misleads you into thinking that this wine is going to be massive and extracted but this Cab is exquisitely balanced. The intensity, focus and concentration of fruit is what takes this Napa Valley Cabernet from being simple AVA wine to excelling over those that are even single vineyard expressions. Just grab a steak and a wine glass and you're ready for a great evening.
  • Ivan Diaz
    By: Ivan Diaz
    4/28/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    Big, brambly red fruit takes center stage here, along with a creamy ribbon of cocoa that tracks from the nose to the finish. Rounding out the edges are warm spices (cinnamon, clove) and a hint of savory eucalyptus in the background, all wrapped in sweet, velvety tannins that make this one go down way too easily. Perfect pairing with herb-crusted short ribs either off the grill or sous vide.

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