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2001 Paul Hobbs "Beckstoffer To-Kalon" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1011650 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark From the undeniable first-growth quality site comes the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard. When the fruit from this vineyard is handled properly, the resulting wine often flirts with perfection. Hobbs’ 2001 boasts a dense blue/purple color along with an incredibly pure nose of spice box, cedarwood, creme de cassis, blueberry pie and subtle smoke as well as graphite notes that could easily pass for a first- or second-growth Pauillac. Broad, expansive, full-bodied flavors reveal stunning purity, amazing depth and richness, and a finish that goes on for nearly a minute. Still youthful, but oh, so impressive, it is hard to resist now, but it should be even better in 5-8 years, and keep for 30-40+ years. (RP) Inner quote mark (6/2011)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright, full ruby. Wonderfully perfumed, complex nose offers scents of red- and blackcurrant, black cherry, licorice, mint, tobacco, cedar and minerals; a quantum leap beyond the earlier vintages in complexity, ripeness and class. Plush, fleshy and generous, but with ripe, penetrating acidity giving shape and verve to its classic Cabernet flavors of dark berries, bitter chocolate, menthol, dried herbs and spices. As seamless as this is, its intense fruit is still quite juicy and lively. The very long attention-grabber of a finish features firm, well-integrated tannins. This wine was tightly wound but very promising when I first tasted it in 2004 and it is evolving beautifully. Today it shows an element of sweetness that the earlier vintages lacked. (14.7% alcohol; 3.77 pH; 5.8 g/l acidity) (ST) Inner quote mark (7/2019)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Young, closed, dense, but fine. Flavors suggest rum-soaked raisins, cassis, sweet oak and gingerbread. Long, rich, fat, extracted, borders on super-maturity but not quite, maintaining balance and even elegance. Finishes long and fruity. *Cellar Selection* Inner quote mark (6/2005)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Smooth, dark, rich and seductive; a remarkably complex and concentrated wine brimming with ripe, silky currant, blackberry, black cherry and fresh earth and pencil lead nuances. It firms up nicely on the finish, exhibiting ripe, flavorful tannins and a long, persistent finish that reveals extra depth facets. (JL) Inner quote mark (10/2004)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Deep, full ruby. Cassis, bitter chocolate and mint on the nose; if the Hyde cabernet is in the style of Bordeaux, this is quintessential Napa Valley. Tightly wound and extremely primary, with flavors of black fruits, licorice and menthol. Very firmly built, even a bit ungiving today, with the wine's 85% new oak component contributing to its substantial tannic clout. Will merit an even higher score if bottle aging brings more generosity of texture. (ST) 91+ Inner quote mark (6/2004)

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