2003 Paul Hobbs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1021413 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The beautiful 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Paul Hobbs’ multiple sources. It exhibits a vibrant, young, blue/black color as well as a stunning nose of Asian plum sauce, black currants, blueberries and a touch of forest floor. Rich, opulent and full-bodied, it is meant for early drinking, but at age ten, it is showing no signs of premature aging. The pleasure police may accuse this wine of being a fruit bomb, but, boy, is it gorgeous, rich and satisfying on both a hedonistic and intellectual level! There is a lot going on here, and by Napa Valley standards, it is reasonably priced. Drink it over the next decade. (RP)  (6/2013)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *Two Stars* As is so often the case with Mr. Hobbs' wines, this flamboyant bottling does raise the question of how much ripeness and rich oak is enough, and, while there is no denying that the wine has plenty both, it is kept from the brink by its appointment of very deep fruit. Intensely flavorful and an immense mouthful of wine with a good streak of integral tannins underlying its long, oak-drenched, curranty finish, it may prove anathema to those who find little elegance in its construction while delighting lovers of big and involving red wines.  (8/2006)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good full ruby-red. Currant, chocolate, soy sauce and a whiff of maple syrup on the nose. Fat, lush and sweet if a bit chunky. Solidly constructed Cabernet that finishes with big, dusty tannins and a faint greenness. (ST)  (5/2006)

Wine Spectator

 Racy, rich and smooth, this is sharply focused, with a balsamic edge to the plum and raspberry fruit. (Web-2013)

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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.

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.


- 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.
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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.