2005 Paul Hobbs "Beckstoffer To Kalon" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1041993 97 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *Three Stars* This stunning effort stands as our favorite of the remarkable lot of new 2005s from Paul Hobbs, and its seductive sensations of deep, optimally ripened curranty fruit and sweet-scented earth speak to the vinous virtues that make classic Napa Valley Cabernet unique in the world, and its generous dollop of lovely oak completes a near-perfect picture. Big, balanced and already showing a sense of polish that is uncommon in a wine of its age, it will tempt early drinking, but should be set aside for no less than six to ten years.  (12/2008)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 If the Dr. Crane Vineyard is La Mission Haut-Brion, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is a classic first-growth and, for Napa, a Pauillac-like offering. It has a dense purple color and is as youthful as the Dr. Crane, but exhibiting less minerality, with more classic crème de cassis, wild mountain berry fruit, and hints of tobacco and spring flowers as well as licorice. As often is the case, every nook and cranny of the palate seems to be filled with wondrous flavors of red and black fruits and spices in a silky, full-bodied, opulent style. This is a beauty, still young, with as much upside as the Beckstoffer Dr. Crane. Nevertheless, this is a slightly bigger wine, even though the alcohol level is about the same as the Dr. Crane (15.3%). This beauty is approachable, but another five years will reward with even greater pleasure, and 20-25 years of cellaring is well within its potential. (RP)  (6/2015)

95 points Wine Spectator

 This has wonderful purity of fruit. Rich, ripe, intense and elegant, with layers of spicy currant, wild berry, black cherry, anise and hazelnut shadings. Gains depth and length on the finish, which sails on. (JL)  (10/2008)

92 points Vinous

 Dark red. Classy, reserved aromas of redcurrant, roast coffee, cocoa powder and flowers. Suave and fine-grained on the palate, showing a penetrating quality but no hardness to its berry, licorice, spice and mineral flavors. Much sweeter on the very long finish, closing with a wall of fruit and noble tannins. The class of the site really comes through here. (ST)  (5/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Extremely luscious and flattering. Hand-made, as though the hands were beautifully manicured. Toasty, leathery nose. Round and sweet and full - very glossy and paradigmatic of Napa Cab. All Cab. Really quite refined and very well balanced. 17.5/20 points (JR)  (11/2009)

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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 M├ędoc 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 15.3