2004 Paul Hobbs "Hyde Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1140814 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Paul Hobbs is one of the few producers to fashion brilliant Cabernets from Carneros, and his 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Hyde Vineyard (150 cases) possesses a deep ruby/purple color as well as a refreshing, elegant nose of black raspberries, black cherries, mint, and tobacco leaf. Beautifully rich, medium to full-bodied, stylish, and elegant, it represents a gorgeous expression of cool climate viticulture and impeccable winemaking. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. (From 12/06 review, RP)  (12/2008)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright red. Fresh cherry, redcurrant, iron and raw meat aromas, with a dusting of dried flowers. Zesty red berry and cherry pit flavors display impressive energy and cut; there's a spicy tone to the bright, long finish. I'd sit on this for a few years. (ST)  (6/2007)

Wine Spectator

 Ripe plum and wild berry fruit is plush and opulent, with aromas of dark berry fruit that are supple and elegant on the palate, ending with smooth tannins. The best of four bottles tasted.  (11/2007)

K&L Notes

According to Robert Parker: "Paul Hobbs is one of the most brilliant consultants working in California, and he is well-placed in Argentina with a number of projects there as well. His empire is in the Russian River, and it continues to expand, with a bevy of artisinal hand-made Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Cabernet Sauvignons, and more recently, Syrahs. These are full-throttle wines that merit serious attention...In addition to the great success he enjoys with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah, Hobbs also hits all the high notes with his Cabernet Sauvignons. There are five offerings, starting with his Napa bottling, one of the better generic efforts in the marketplace." (12/2008)

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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 M├ędoc 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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- 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.