2010 Paul Hobbs "Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1140024 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From one of the great sites in Oakville, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard bristles on the palate with considerable energy and focus. Freshly cut flowers, red berries and crushed rocks all come to life in the glass. In 2010 Las Piedras stands out for its bright, intense salinity, which is the essential characteristic of this site. The 2010 needs at least a few years in bottle to settled down, but it is drop-dead gorgeous, even today. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030. (95+)  (12/ 2012)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Glass-staining purple. Powerful, deeply scented cherry pit, cassis, pipe tobacco and licorice aromas, with vanilla and floral nuances adding complexity. Succulent and expansive on the palate, offering intense bitter cherry and dark berry flavors and a hint of candied violet. Rich but lively, with superb finishing clarity, well-knit tannins and a late jolt of peppery spices.  (6/ 2013)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 **Cellar Selection** First you feel the velvety softness of this Cab. Then the flavors arrive, explosive in blackberries, cherries and currants, green olives, sage, cocoa and oak. Immediately the tannins close in, astringent, dry, hard. The bottom line is an extraordinary wine but one that’s not drinkable now. Hold until 2018.  (12/ 2013)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Tight and well-focused, featuring dense red and dark berry fruit that's compact, restrained and persistent, turning delicate and subtle. Drink now through 2024  (11/ 2013)

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/2/2013  | Send Email
100% Cabernet. Cocoa, dried blackberries, pipe tobacco, roasted nuts, very ripe, but with a touch of acidity and soft tannins that will help age this very special bottle.

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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.
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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.
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California

- 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.