2007 Paul Hobbs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
**Two Stars** Here is an altogether classic Napa Valley Cabernet in terms of structure, balance and keen, ripe-currant character. It starts with lovely, layered aromas of pure fruit, sweet toast, black soils and briar, and its lengthy, impressively filled flavors exhibit especially keen focus. It is fleshy and full-bodied and exceptionally well-balanced from beginning to end, and its combination of loamy terroir and ageworthy structure in many ways recalls very good left-bank Bordeaux. This is one is a keeper and is best set aside for at least five or six years.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blockbuster, it offers up classic notes of charcoal, subtle smoke, black currants, black berries, lead pencil shavings, and earth. This deep, opulent, full-bodied Cabernet possesses terrific purity as well as length. It should drink well for 15+ years. (RP)
Notable for its richness, intensity, focus and persistence, this full-bodied red shows spicy currant, black cherry and wild berry fruit that's supple and layered, yet light on its feet, with gentle tannins. (JL)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Inky ruby. Highly perfumed aromas of blackberry, cassis, black pepper and licorice. Broad, sweet and lush, with a strong spicy character to the juicy blackberry and spicecake flavors. As deep and fleshy as this is, it also delivers energetic cut. Very long on the finish, with silky, seamless tannins lending focus. (ST)