2014 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Napa

Year: 2014
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 91-93
Connoisseurs' Guide: 92
James Suckling: 95
Jeb Dunnick: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.6%
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"Raw and edgy, this intense and potent style eases into a more supple, agreeable mix of crushed rock, dark berry, anise and cedar flavors. Never quite shakes the tannins, but fans of chewy reds will love this. Best from 2020 through 2030. 6,810 cases made. –JL " (WS)

"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon leaps from the glass with fresh, exuberant cassis and crushed blackberry notes plus hints of cigar box, dried Mediterranean herbs, violets and Marmite toast. Full-bodied and built like a brick house, with firm, grainy tannins and lively acid supporting the generous black berry and savory flavors, it finishes with great length and poise. It is drinking beautifully now but has the stuffing to cellar for 12+ years. 6,810 cases were made." (WA)

"The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon comes across as quite similar to the 2013, but with a bit more brightness and aromatics. Linear and precise, the 2014 is a wine built on fabulous persistence and exceptional balance at this level. This is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine. Paul Hobbs adds that the 2014 has a bit more estate fruit than in prior years, which is likely to continue as more fruit from the Nathan Coombs estate vineyard comes online." (VM)

"Spot-on in varietal focus and immediately impressing with its compelling nose of cassis, creamy oak and fresh, loamy soil, this exceptionally deep effort follows up on its considerable aromatic promise with very rich and continuous flavors to match. It is solidly structured without being stern and shows a great sense of polish from beginning to end, and, even if sporting the tannins to age beautifully for six to ten years, it is remarkably involving right now. Try to resist its youthful charms and rest it in a quiet corner of the cellar lest it is drunk up before having had the chance to grow into its best. Waiting will be handsomely rewarded. Reviewed: April 2018" (CG)

"Aromas of tar, blackberries, cloves and dark chocolate. Perfumed. Full and focused with a beautiful center palate and length. Mostly from Nathan Combs in Coombsville with some Yountville-sourced fruit. Best ever. Drink or hold." (JS)

"The base release is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon and it comes from multiple sites throughout the valley. It’s a killer wine and offers the classic sweet crème de cassis and blackberry fruit that's the hallmark of the vintage. With full-bodied richness, notes of Asian spices, pencil lead, and cedar, and sweet tannin, it's already drinking beautifully yet will keep for another two decades or more." (JD)