2009 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard

Year: 2009
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 96
Vinous Media: 94
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"A sumptuous, open-throttle red, with dense, dark berry fruit and cedary oak flavors that are pure, rich and focused. Impressive for its range of flavor, graceful balance, supple tannins and nice length. Best from 2013 through 2023. From California." (WS)

"The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard is deep, seductive and powerful. It shows stunning richness and intensity, with layers of dark red fruit, smoke, licorice and tobacco in a style that is very expressive but not at all heavy. The 2009 is Clone 4. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.

I tasted a wide range of stunning wines with Paul Hobbs and winemakers Megan Baccitich and Jason Valenti. I will report on the Sonoma Chardonnays and Pinots in Issue 199. In the meantime, readers will find no shortage of fabulous choices among these 2009 and 2010 Cabernets. After tasting the Hobbs Pinots, it is impossible to miss the clear link between those wines and his Cabernets, especially when comparing those wines to the other Cabernets being made by other producers from the same sites. These are some of the most impeccable, polished, Pinot-like Cabernet Sauvignons readers will come across. The wines are fermented with natural yeasts and are bottled unfined and unfiltered. Crossbarn is Paul Hobbs’ second label and is included here for ease of reference. Hobbs describes 2010 as a very late harvest that was especially hard on cooler, more marginal regions for Cabernet Sauvignon. There will be no 2010 (or 2009 for that matter) Cabernets from Stagecoach or Hyde. The best fruit from those sites may end up in the 2010 Crossbarn or the Napa Valley bottling, but the selection will be severe." (WA)

"($175) Inky purple. Complex, heady bouquet evokes red and dark berry preserves, incense and dried flowers, with star anise and allspice overtones gaining strength with air. Juicy, palate-staining black raspberry and cassis flavors show excellent depth, with chewing tobacco and vanilla nuances contributing complexity. Finishes seamless and sweet, with outstanding energy and persistence." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
This dark crimson colored cabernet sauvignon is a rich, juicy wine which shows stunning intensity with layers of dark fruit, mocha, spices and new leather. Nuances of crushed rocks, graphite and tar are complemented by vanilla, cedar and cigar box. Alcohol 15.2%