2011 Paul Hobbs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1154987 95 points James Suckling

 This is a fabulous 2011 with amazing mint, eucalyptus and berry character. Some iron and stone. Full body. Wonderful length. One of the best from the vintage. Don't miss this. Classic Napa Cabernet. Better in 2017 but so refined and enchanting now.  (5/2014)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Paul Hobbs coaxes beautifully classic Cab aromas and textures from this wine, which comes from the tricky 2011 vintage. Expect black currant, olive, cassis and peppercorn to intermingle on the palate amidst soft elegance, the perfect balance between fruity and herbal. On the finish a dusting of mocha turns up the dial on deliciousness.  (9/2014)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 With an intense, decidedly complex and wonderfully well-joined nose of cassis, black olives, sweet oak and graphite and generous, deeply draughted flavors to match, this impressive young wine shows the richness and polish that we have come to expect from its maker, and, although it is solidly structured and balanced for keeping, it is also remarkably easy to taste even now. Make no mistake, however, it is not a Cabernet to be casually drunk up in the near term, because, while not overly tough and brooding, it is certain to find an even more complete and compelling voice with four to seven years in the cellar.  (7/2014)

91 points Vinous

 The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon jumps from the glass with sweet spices, cloves, menthol, plums, iron, red cherries and tobacco. A soft, supple Cabernet for the year, the 2011 has lovely balance, not to mention considerable early appeal. The finish is long, creamy and expressive. Another year or two should help soften the slightly firm 2011 tannins. Paul Hobbs and his team led by winemaker Megan Baccitich have done a fabulous job with their 2011 and 2012 Cabernets. The 2011s are rich, generous and supple, all qualities that are rare for the year. (AG)  (11/2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa displays a denser saturated ruby/purple color as well as a pure, spicy bouquet with lots of black currants, medium body and an abrupt, gritty finish. This excellent Cabernet should be drunk in its first 7-8 years of life. (RP)  (10/2013)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright purple. Cherry, cassis, pipe tobacco and vanilla on the nose, with a subtle herbal quality in the background. Supple dark fruit flavors are enlivened by juicy acidity, taking on spiciness with aeration. Finishes sweet and gently tannic, with the dark berry and tobacco qualities lingering.  (6/2014)

K&L Notes

Paul Hobbs' 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from vineyards of fine pedigree such as State Lane, Beckstoffer Dr. Crane, Beckstoffer Las Piedras, and Stagecoach. The small 2011 harvest resulted in a wine of elegance and purity that stands out because of the terroir of the fine sites that Paul Hobbs cultivates. From the winery: "Aromas include cassis, lavender, fresh crushed sage, black olive and cedar. The generous and savory palate excites with black fig, dark chocolate, tobacco leaf, and graphite. The wine finishes long and pure with an element of fine, damp black clay."

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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.

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.


- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.4