2013 Paul Hobbs "Hyde Vineyard" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $160)
Fantastic red with savory meat and spice. Smokey. Full body, super velvety and a long and flavorful finish. A superb finish. Drink now.
One of the most distinctive wines in this range, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Hyde Vineyard is inky, dense and unctuous, with plenty of the earthy/savory profile that is such a signature of this famous Carneros site. This powerful, resonant Cabernet will drink well for at least another decade, perhaps longer. Paul Hobbs fans will want to take note of a few changes in the lineup. Hobbs has decided to eliminate the Stagecoach Cabernet from his range, which is not entirely surprising given the recent acquisition of the Nathan Coombs Vineyard, a site that produces Cabernets in a similar vein. The last few vintages from Coombs are super-impressive, to say the least. Two thousand thirteen is also the last vintage of the Hyde Vineyard Cabernet, as that parcel need to be replanted. Overall, the 2013s are big, towering Cabernets, very much in the style of the year, while the 2014s are more aromatically precise and linear. Hobbs and his long-time winemaker Megan Baccitich add that yields were slightly higher across the board in 2014 than they were in 2013. (AG)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Hyde Vineyard reminds me of a Napa version of a St.-Emilion, with notes of baking spices, Christmas fruitcake, red and black currants, licorice and a touch of herbaceousness. It is dense, ripe, medium to full-bodied, and ready to drink. It should be consumed over the next 10-15 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. (RP)