Paul Hobbs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Presenting deep garnet in the glass, the 2017 vintage is a blend composed of pedigreed sites and displays aromas of dried lavender, cocoa powder, and wild blueberry. A core of black fruit is wrapped around holiday spice and crushed rock that adds depth and complexity. Polished tannins and fresh acidity frame the palate which finishes long and with an herbal lift of sage.
Robert Parker 91 Points "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."
A solid cabernet with currants and berries, blue fruit and lavender. Medium-to full-bodied, solid and beautiful. Creamy and very long.
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is a gorgeous, inviting wine, but it is also going to need a few years in bottle to shed some of its formidable tannins. Black cherry, plum, graphite, pencil shavings, crème de cassis and menthol open up in the glass, but only with great reluctance. Patience will be the key here.
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Crossbarn comes from the superstar winemaker Paul Hobbs and is a solid value in 2017 Napa Valley Cabernet. Upfront violets, plums, exotic spices, and orange blossom notes all emerge from this expressive, medium to full-bodied, plush effort that has lots of charm. It has the vintage's slightly firm tannins yet should keep nicely for 7-8 years, if not longer.
Ripe and focused, with a core of fresh plum and boysenberry flavors that pumps along, liberally laced with dark licorice and sweet toast notes. A brambly accent at the end keeps this just honest enough. A crowd-pleaser.