2005 Paul Hobbs "Beckstoffer To Kalon" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
*Three Stars* This stunning effort stands as our favorite of the remarkable lot of new 2005s from Paul Hobbs, and its seductive sensations of deep, optimally ripened curranty fruit and sweet-scented earth speak to the vinous virtues that make classic Napa Valley Cabernet unique in the world, and its generous dollop of lovely oak completes a near-perfect picture. Big, balanced and already showing a sense of polish that is uncommon in a wine of its age, it will tempt early drinking, but should be set aside for no less than six to ten years.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
If the Dr. Crane Vineyard is La Mission Haut-Brion, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is a classic first-growth and, for Napa, a Pauillac-like offering. It has a dense purple color and is as youthful as the Dr. Crane, but exhibiting less minerality, with more classic crème de cassis, wild mountain berry fruit, and hints of tobacco and spring flowers as well as licorice. As often is the case, every nook and cranny of the palate seems to be filled with wondrous flavors of red and black fruits and spices in a silky, full-bodied, opulent style. This is a beauty, still young, with as much upside as the Beckstoffer Dr. Crane. Nevertheless, this is a slightly bigger wine, even though the alcohol level is about the same as the Dr. Crane (15.3%). This beauty is approachable, but another five years will reward with even greater pleasure, and 20-25 years of cellaring is well within its potential. (RP)
This has wonderful purity of fruit. Rich, ripe, intense and elegant, with layers of spicy currant, wild berry, black cherry, anise and hazelnut shadings. Gains depth and length on the finish, which sails on. (JL)
Dark red. Classy, reserved aromas of redcurrant, roast coffee, cocoa powder and flowers. Suave and fine-grained on the palate, showing a penetrating quality but no hardness to its berry, licorice, spice and mineral flavors. Much sweeter on the very long finish, closing with a wall of fruit and noble tannins. The class of the site really comes through here. (ST)
Extremely luscious and flattering. Hand-made, as though the hands were beautifully manicured. Toasty, leathery nose. Round and sweet and full - very glossy and paradigmatic of Napa Cab. All Cab. Really quite refined and very well balanced. 17.5/20 points (JR)