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Paul Hobbs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
  • RP93
  • CG93
14.9% ABV
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14.9% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The diverse terroirs of four hallmark vineyards (Beckstoffer To Kalon, Hyde, Stagecoach and Beckstoffer Dr. Crane) harmonize in dense concentration for a multi-dimensional cabernet sauvignon of great depth and length. Aromas of lavender, anise and baker's cocoa are the prelude to a firmly-structured, deep garnet palate of black currant, cassis and fresh tobacco. Subtle floral accents and bolder graphite notes persist through the mid-palate, leading to an earthy, lengthy finish that finds tannins and subtle acidity in perfect balance.

Blend: 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc

Critical Acclaim

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RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The least expensive effort is the opaque purple-colored 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa. A blockbuster, it offers up classic notes of charcoal, subtle smoke, black currants, black berries, lead pencil shavings, and earth. This deep, opulent, full-bodied Cabernet possesses terrific purity as well as length. It should drink well for 15+ years.
CG 93
Connoisseurs' Guide
Here is an altogether classic Napa Valley Cabernet in terms of structure, balance and keen, ripe-currant character. It starts with lovely, layered aromas of pure fruit, sweet toast, black soils and briar, and its lengthy, impressively filled flavors exhibit especially keen focus. It is fleshy and full-bodied and exceptionally well-balanced from beginning to end, and its combination of loamy terroir and ageworthy structure in many ways recalls very good left-bank Bordeaux. This is one is a keeper and is best set aside for at least five or six years.
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Paul Hobbs

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Paul Hobbs, , California
Paul Hobbs
Paul Hobbs has built his winery's portfolio from the ground up on a foundation of strong, collaborative relationships with the growers of some of Napa's and Sonoma's most compelling and historical properties. Meticulous vineyard management followed by minimally-invasive winemaking techniques is Paul Hobbs approach for producing wines that express their vineyard origins with utmost finesse, complexity and authenticity; in other words, wines with a sense of place. As a winemaker, Paul is highly regarded for his ability to identify exceptional vineyards along with his pioneering, innovative work with new and historical sites and regions. His success has inspired a wealth of nicknames among the press, from quiet trendsetter to truffle-hunting dog. He founded Paul Hobbs Winery in 1991, Vina Cobos in 1999 and is a leading consultant winemaker around the globe.

Sonoma County

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Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types, Sonoma County has something for nearly every wine lover. Physically twice as large as Napa, the region only produces about half the amount of wine, but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in both quality and variety. With its laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth attitude, the wineries of Sonoma are appreciated by wine tourists for their friendliness and approachability. The entire county intends to become a 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.

Grape varieties are carefully selected to reflect the best attributes of their sites—Dry Creek Valley’s consistent sunshine is ideal for Zinfandel, while the warm Alexander Valley is responsible for rich, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are important throughout the county, most notably in the cooler AVAs of Russian River and Sonoma Valleys, Carneros, and Fort Ross-Seaview. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, and Syrah have also found a firm footing here.

Zinfandel

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Unapologetically powerful, heady, and fruit-forward, Zinfandel is often thought of as a truly Californian grape, though in fact it is anything but. This variety has followed an intriguing trajectory to reach its adoptive home, beginning, surprisingly, in Croatia. Originally known as Tribidrag, it first made its way to southern Italy where it became known as Primitivo. From there it eventually migrated to what is now unarguably its most successful outpost, in California, and has thrived throughout the state. Of course, this is also the grape of White Zinfandel, a sweet pink wine that enjoyed great popularity in the 1980s and 90s. Though White Zin still has a significant following, today the variety is increasingly associated with the red version.

In the Glass

Zinfandel commonly features a bold, plush texture and notes of dark plum, blackberry, sweet spice, black pepper, dark chocolate, leather, and licorice, and can often be described as “jammy” and a little bit sweet. Very ripe examples may express a hint of dried fruit like raisin, fig, or prune. Despite its significant alcohol and weight, Zinfandel has very smooth, gentle tannins.

Perfect Pairings

Zinfandel is a powerfully flavored wine, mingling happily with bold food like brisket, lamb shanks, pork ribs, or anything barbecued. If care is taken with regards to alcohol levels, Zinfandel’s hint of sweetness can work well with milder Indian-spiced dishes like lamb curry.

Sommelier Secret

Thanks to its popularity both for home winemaking and as communion wine, many Zinfandel vines were able to survive prohibition, leading to the abundance of "old vine" Zinfandels. These low-yielding vines tend to produce wine that is concentrated, complex, and elegant.

CPT110790_2007 Item# 110790

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