2011 Paul Hobbs "Crossbarn" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
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.
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.
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.