2007 Paul Hobbs "Beckstoffer Dr. Crane" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Wonderfully exotic, with complex aromas of spice, cedar, currant, kirsch and blackberry that fold over to the rich, firm and full-bodied palate. Elegantly styled, layered and persistent. Simply a joy to drink. (JL)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard exhibits a rocky, stony, gravelly, hot pebble-sort of nose that I often associate with wines such as Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion. Beautifully sweet blueberry and blackberry fruit along with a note of lead pencil shavings jump from the glass of this opaque purple-colored, full-bodied, intense wine. This brilliant Cabernet Sauvignon should evolve gracefully for 25-30+ years. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid ruby. Inviting, sexy aromas of black raspberry, bitter chocolate and smoky oak, plus a hint of rose oil. Wonderfully sweet and dense, with a liqueur-like quality to its dark berry flavors buffered by a nervy spine of acidity. This shows an almost liqueur-like quality but doesn't come off as heavy; really stains the palate on the smoky, lingering aftertaste. (ST)
Elements of cassis and cranberry are met by a bit of sweet oak in the comparatively tight aromas of the unevolved youngster, and, while there is a core of brooding fruit at its core, the wine is both a little ripe-leaning and bound up in very obvious tannin. While it will certainly be better some seven or eight years hence, it is not fully revealing about where it might go with time.