2004 Paul Hobbs "Hyde Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon
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)
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)
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.
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)