Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard
(USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville)
Had this wine at the Venetian in Vegas. Tasted side by side with Staglin Cabernet. Great experience. Very strong nose of dark fruits, blackberry, raspberry and some dried roses. Really had a quality nose which matched and rolled over into the palate. This had just the right amount of tannins and was very balanced. This wine was crisp and a little sharper than the staglin which is a little more velvet. The Paul Hobbs had some mocha and blueberry with was a little smokey tail. The palate was long and smooth, It was not your typical harsh finish. This was an 04 and drinkable now but felt like a couple more years will round it off nicely. Had a nice old world earthy feel. Worth a try and although it is priced on the high side it is worth it.
Inky black garnet color carries enticing aromas of red currant and tobacco leaf to introduce a weighty, complex, seamlessly integrated wine. The deeply textured palate displays a rich interplay of blackberry, cassis, graphite and mocha, with notes of cedar, espresso, lavender and smoke adding intrigue through the mid-palate. Big, ripe, fine-grained tannins grace a lengthy finish. Alcohol 15.3%