2008 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Crossbarn

Year: 2008
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 90
Red Wine
Price :
$29.95
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"A terrific bargain in Napa Cabernet, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon CrossBarn (100% Cabernet Sauvignon; 5,782 cases produced) is a cross Napa Valley blend. It possesses a dense ruby/purple color in addition to a brilliant perfume of smoked herbs, sweet creme de cassis and blackberry fruit, incense and hints of charcoal and herbs. Savory, broad and expansive on the palate, this full-bodied, supple-textured effort is a classic Napa Valley Cabernet that is silky enough to be drunk early in life and over the next 10-15 years.

One of California’s most renowned international wine consultants (he consults with 14 bodegas in Argentina, 3 wineries in Chile and also an estate in Armenia), Paul Hobbs is also a well-known consultant in California with his best-known clients being Merus, Stewart Cellars, Clos Pegase and Constant. All of Paul Hobbs offerings from the Sonoma Coast and the Russian River, which includes an impressive portfolio of Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, will be reviewed in the February, 2011 issue in an extensive report on those viticultural areas. Hobbs produces one Napa Valley Pinot Noir from the Carneros region. The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignons all look sensational. As a group, they come close to rivaling the brilliant success Paul Hobbs enjoyed in 2007. An early look at barrel samples of four 2009s suggests these are very strong efforts. Paul Hobbs did not make a 2009 Stagecoach or Hyde Cabernet because he had not harvested those Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards before the deluge of rain hit in mid-October. He felt there was too much mold in those vineyards." (WA)

"Deep ruby. Aromatic, nuanced aromas of red- and blackcurrant, cherry and licorice. Youthful dark fruit flavors are given shape and delineation by tangy acidity. Firm, fresh and spicy on the finish, which features gentle herbal and floral nuances. This seamless wine is very easy to drink right now." (IWC)

"Paul Hobbs makes wine from the very best vineyards in California. Think names like Hyde, Stagecoach, To-Kalon and Dr. Crane. He has numerous 100 point ratings and has established himself as perhaps the top winemaker and consultant in California and beyond.

But what happens to all of those expensive grapes he buys that don’t quite make the cut for his $100+ wines? I’ll give you a hint. He doesn’t just throw them away. He makes them into his Crossbarn series of wines. You might call Crossbarn a second wine, but that wouldn’t really do these wines justice. The Crossbarn series are on par with most wineries top tier productions, but Hobbs just holds himself to a higher standard.

I’ve had a number of vintages of both the Chardonnay and the Cabernet and each impress every time. For the most recent vintage, 2008 for the Cab and 2009 for the Chard, Hobbs lowered the price and upped the quality. Both come in under the $30 mark, an impressive feat for a producer whose Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet retails for $139.95!" (Nickel & DIME)

Winery Notes:
Casting aromas of blackberries, currants and subtle spice, this crimson-colored wine is polished and focused. Firm tannins envelope concentrated flavors of black plum, currant and subtle spice; notes of bakers chocolate, vanilla and oak gracefully linger throughout the lengthy finish.