2011 Paul Hobbs "Crossbarn" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1138993 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a lovely wine to drink over the next 3–4 years, from one of Napa’s masterful winemakers. It has the hallmarks of Napa Cabernet, being dry and tannic, with subtle oak influences on the blackberry and currant flavors. Give it an hour or two in the decanter before serving.  (12/2013)

90 points Vinous

 The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Crossbarn is gorgeous. Soft, supple and beautifully expressive, the 2011 impresses for its superb balance and class. Dark raspberry, plum, mocha, licorice and spice notes flesh out in a radiant, super-polished Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2011 is without question one of the best wines of the year in its price range, but it also challenges wines costing considerably more. Paul Hobbs and his team led by winemaker Megan Baccitich have done a fabulous job with their 2011 and 2012 Cabernets. The 2011s are rich, generous and supple, all qualities that are rare for the year. In particular, the Crossbarn Cabernet is a fabulous wine for the money.  (11/2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 One of the better values for high quality Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is Paul Hobbs’ Cross Barn Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2011, a blend of multi-sites, exhibits a healthy dark ruby/purple color as well as lots of upfront black currant fruit, licorice and spice notes. It is exactly what a wine in this price range should be – extremely well made, rich, multilayered, medium to full-bodied and delicious. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.  (10/2013)

K&L Notes

Fruit for Paul Hobbs' Crossbarn Cabernet Sauvignon is hand-harvested from select vineyards across Napa Valley. It was aged for 17 months in 15% new French and American oak barrels before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. From the winery: "Dark ruby in color, our cabernet sauvignon offers enticing aromas of dark cherries, ripe blueberries, anise and fresh lavender. A tantalizing palate offers a medley of boysenberry, currants, violets, clove and cocoa. Tannins are sweet and smooth; balanced acidity brightens a lengthy finish." This 2011 vintage has not yet been professionally reviewed, but the 2010 vintage garnered 91 points from both Robert Parker's Wine Advocate and Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5