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Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2005

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From its dense, saturated ruby hue to its earthy, cigar box nose, this Cabernet Sauvignon commands attention and suggests a cellar-worthy wine. More than evident on the palate right now is the great intensity, depth and structure it possesses. Pure, focused flavors of black cherry, currant and tobacco coat the mouth, while notes of forest floor and pencil shavings add further dimension and nuance. A lingering finish offers balanced acidity and firm, chewy tannins.

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Paul Hobbs Winery:
Paul Hobbs Winery sprouted from the passion of one man: Paul Hobbs. Paul wasn’t satisfied just becoming Head Enologist of Robert Mondavi’s Opus One in 1981, or becoming Vice-President/Winemaker of Simi Winery in 1989. No, he wanted to create his very own grapes, on his own land. This passion led to the creation of Paul Hobbs Winery in 1991. Focused in the Russian River Valley, eac... Read more
Paul Hobbs Winery sprouted from the passion of one man: Paul Hobbs. Paul wasn’t satisfied just becoming Head Enologist of Robert Mondavi’s Opus One in 1981, or becoming Vice-President/Winemaker of Simi Winery in 1989. No, he wanted to create his very own grapes, on his own land. This passion led to the creation of Paul Hobbs Winery in 1991. Focused in the Russian River Valley, each harvest is meticulously captured so as to extract the very best from each grape. This passion started with only three wines in the winery’s repertoire: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon, but the winery quickly grew to produce over a dozen wines. Today, Paul Hobbs still consults other wineries around the globe, including wineries in Chile, Argentina, and Hungary. Read less

Member Reviews for Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Snooth User: 1Finecab
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4.50 5
12/13/2009

This full-bodied cab will spoil you and bring black currant, licorice and spices to mind with every sip. A bit tight but will open up with time. Hard to beat at almost any price.


Snooth User: rcasenhiser
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4.50 5
10/27/2008

One of my favorite Cabs. Smooth, full bodied and great with steak.


Snooth User: chloekall
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3.50 5
12/22/2008

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Well-crafted, with excellent balance and a sense of elegance and finesse, it offers aromas of ripe cherry, currant, plum and berry, with pretty toasty oak shadings and a smooth, supple texture and fine grained tannins that make it approachable. Best from 2005 through 2012.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa (2,980 cases) possesses big, sweet, smoky oak, cedary, blackberry, and cassis aromas as well as flavors offered in a rich, voluptuous, full-bodied style. While it is already deliciously drinkable (surprising for a 2001), there is abundant tannin lurking underneath the surface, but it is well-concealed by a wealth of fruit. This selection comes from four sources, the Crane, To-Kalon, Hyde, and Stagecoach vineyards. Drink it over the next 10-15 years, although it may last even longer. Drink 2003-2018.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

It is obvious Paul Hobbs prefers the influence of Taransaud cooperage on his Bordeaux varietals because they tend to give the wines a chocolatey character, and that is seen in the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa (3,120 cases), a Cabernet Sauvignon with terrific concentration, remarkable opulence, and layers of cassis- and licorice-infused tobacco leaf notes that just cascade over the palate with an unctuous texture. The wealth of fruit and concentration hides some relatively serious tannin in this large-scaled wine. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2020.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

This brawny Cabernet with gobs of concentration is a blend of four Napa Valley vineyards - Hyde, Stagecoach, Dr. Crane, and To Kalon - from which Hobbs produces single-vineyard bottlings; it includes a small amount of Merlot from the Michael Black Vineyard. The nose offers rich aromas of opulent dark fruit and roasted coffee with deftly applied toasty oak. This immense wine harmoniously reveals many layers on the palate including a core of decadent chocolate, black stone fruit and cassis with notes of cigar and graphite. Well-proportioned and rich with sweet and chewy tannins, it boasts complexity and muscularity with an enduring finish.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Well-structured, with a complex array of herb, olive, currant and coffee flavors that are complex and concentrated, finishing with tannins and an earthy, new leather shoe character. Best from 2004 through 2011.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

This rich, plush, concentrated young Cabernet exhibits layers of firm currant, black cherry and plum that are supple and harmonious. Picks up momentum, with the flavors unfolding gracefully on the finish, revealing extra nuances, and ending in a remarkably complex aftertaste. Best from 2007 through 2014.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Good full ruby-red. Subdued aromas of black plum, cassis,. menthol, and bitter chocolate. Deep and plush but still a bit muscular and unforthcoming in the middle. This has much more sweetness and stuffing than the Cross Barn, and thus the tannins come across as finer.


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From its dense, saturated ruby hue to its earthy, cigar box nose, this Cabernet Sauvignon commands attention and suggests a cellar-worthy wine. More than evident on the palate right now is the great intensity, depth and structure it possesses. Pure, focused flavors of black cherry, currant and tobacco coat the mouth, while notes of forest floor and pencil shavings add further dimension and nuance. A lingering finish offers balanced acidity and firm, chewy tannins.

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