2012 Paul Hobbs ''Crossbarn'' Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1301025 91 points Vinous

 A striking wine that captures the essence of the year, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Crossbarn (Sonoma) impresses for its overall balance and class. Graphite, smoke, red plums and spices inform the vibrant, polished finish. This is a terrific showing from Crossbarn as well as a poignant reminder of just how delicious Sonoma Cabernets can be. (AG)  (12/2014)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Another sleeper selection from Paul Hobbs is the CrossBarn 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County. From Sonoma County mountain fruit, there are 2,600+ cases of this outstanding Cabernet. It exhibits notes of damp earth, licorice, asphalt and lots of crème de cassis and espresso. Ripe and full-bodied with sweet tannin and low acidity, it will drink well for a decade or more. (RP)  (12/2014)

Connoisseurs Guide

 Both deeper and more continuous in its fruit and better balanced overall than its ripe-leaning counterpart from the Napa Valley, Crossbarn's Sonoma County Cabernet is a solid, very well-structured effort that plays to precise, curranty fruit. It is firm and a bit rough at the edges as young Cabernet can be, but it has the fruity substance to fill its moderately tannic frame, and it has the right parts in place to find real polish some three to five years down the line.  (12/2015)

Wine Enthusiast

 An inaugural release for the producer, this wine holds a treasure trove of dense chocolate, raspberry, toasted oak and graham cracker. It's concentrated, big-bodied and juicy. The finish is marked by clove and cedar, with a slight touch of anise. (VB)  (2/2016)

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

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.
Specific Appellation:

Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).