2014 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard

Year: 2014
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 98-100
Vinous Media: 92-95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.9%
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Price :
$249.95

"The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane is my favorite again of this grouping and has the potential to be a perfect wine, which is really hitting the bull’s-eye in 2014. Plenty of gravelly notes, blueberry, blackberry and mulberry jump from the glass of this inky bluish purple-colored 2014 Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. The good news is that there are 1,200 cases of this, compared to only 752 cases in 2013. It should drink well for 15-20 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. " (WA)

"The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard impresses for its polish, energy and overall tension. The flavors are bold, incisive and finely-cut throughout. Hints of lavender, mint, spice, licorice and inky blue/purplish fruit are some of the many notes that are laced into the finish. What a gorgeous wine the 2014 is shaping up to be. After a few lackluster vintages at Dr. Crane, things seem to be looking up for this bottling." (VM)

Winery Notes:
Sourced from the ‘filet’ sections of two specific blocks of the Beckstoffer Dr. Crane vineyard, this sophisticated cabernet sauvignon is known for its muscular structure and intensity. A deep black garnet hue, the wine boasts aromas of crème de cassis, cocoa powder, damp earth and anise. The weighty palate unveils concentrated layers of red currant, freshly picked blackberries, graphite, and spice box. The finish delivers, ripe, ultra -fine tannins wrapped around the core of dense fruit.