2013 Paul Hobbs "Crossbarn" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1235405 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Even better news is the Crossbarn 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa. There are 10,500+ cases of this wine, and while $50.00 is hardly a bargain, this is a brilliant wine from Hobbs. There is a little Merlot and Cabernet Franc in the blend, but it reflects this great vintage, revealing blueberry, blackberry and cassis as well as some licorice, incense, and forest floor. The wine has full-bodied opulence, a sumptuous mouthfeel, and is just a terrific, savory, expansive Cabernet Sauvignon that should drink well for 15 or more years. Paul Hobbs has emerged as one of the great success stories in Northern California. He’s an international consultant known for his outstanding work in Argentina. He is also now involved in a joint venture in the Finger Lakes region of New York, so hopefully we can anticipate some interesting Rieslings and possibly Grüner Veltliner, Pinot Blanc and even Gewurztraminer emerging from New York State. I had an extensive tasting with Hobbs at his winery in late January, and the results were all impressive. The tastings reflect the fact that, for Chardonnay, both 2013 and 2014 are brilliant vintages, and for Pinot Noir, 2014 may possibly eclipse 2013. As for the Bordeaux varietals, there’s no question that 2013 is the game-changer, as I indicated in previous reports, but 2014 is delicious and another top-notch success.  (3/2016)

Connoisseurs Guide

 *One Star* Sufficiently ripe as to hint at chocolate and more suggestive of dark berries and cherries than it is of classic varietal currants, this rich and weighty wine manages to keep Cabernet in its sights but definitely strikes out on a path of its own. It lets a bit of heat work its way into the finish without letting ripeness overwhelm its message of fruit, and its nicely moderated tannins will ease enough to allow for friendly drinking in no more than two or three years.  (12/2015)

Vinous

 Dark red cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and spice meld together in the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Crossbarn (Napa Valley). Silky, racy and open-knit, the 2013 is a delicious wine to drink now and over the next few years. The flavors are bold, punchy and incisive, with firm tannins that could use another 6-12 months to soften. Paul Hobbs's Crossbarn label is a great place to look for values. The Sonoma Cabernet benefits from lower cost of fruit versus Napa Valley, while the new Cabernet Franc is a welcome addition to the range, as it delivers both considerable quality and value.  (10/2015)

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By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/23/2016 | Send Email
On the nose, this wine shows notes of dark currant, cassis, red licorice, mocha and wilted purple flowers. Fruit-forward on the palate, it's full bodied, herbaceous and darkly fruited. Drink now though 2026.

By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/23/2016 | Send Email
Blackberry and toasted oak on the nose. I was pleased by the melted, juicy tannin structure, with solid length, dark blackberry fruit and just enough back end grip. This wine can be enjoyed now, or lay it in the cellar for 10+ years.

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/22/2016 | Send Email
Despite how young this Cab is, it is ready to drink. Reflective of the excellent 2013 vintage in structure, this wine is full of ripe fruit and rich blueberry notes. It is full bodied and savory; lots of flavor here without being jammy. Crossbarn is not just some second label, this is a bottle worthy of drinking for its own sake.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/22/2016 | Send Email
Following the hands-off approach of the Crossbarn label, the fruit dominates the profile as only a small bit of oak (usually less than 20%) is used. Black currant, forest floor, and graphite dominate the aromas while bright acidity lifts flavors of black cherry, sage, and tart red raspberry. Fine grain tannins carry the wine to an impressive finish. There is a unique character to this wine, but it also has the telltale concentration and structure of the '13 vintage. Enjoy now with a few hours' decant, or follow over the next 6-12 years.

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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 Médoc 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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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.
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California

- 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 (%): 14.5