2011 Paul Hobbs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
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.
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.
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)
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)
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.
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."