Author: Robert Parker
It is obvious Paul Hobbs prefers the influence of Taransaud cooperage on his Bordeaux varietals because they tend to give the wines a chocolatey character, and that is seen in the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa (3,120 cases), a Cabernet Sauvignon with terrific concentration, remarkable opulence, and layers of cassis- and licorice-infused tobacco leaf notes that just cascade over the palate with an unctuous texture. The wealth of fruit and concentration hides some relatively serious tannin in this large-scaled wine.
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Author: James Laube
This rich, plush, concentrated young Cabernet exhibits layers of firm currant, black cherry and plum that are supple and harmonious. Picks up momentum, with the flavors unfolding gracefully on the finish, revealing extra nuances and ending in a remarkably complex aftertaste. 3,723 cases made.
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 10/05/2013
Site Blog: The Wine Forum
My favorite domestic and Argentinian producer, all these years later Paul Hobbs' wines don't miss a beat! Not to mention my favorite all time vintage 2002! Color: A velvety, ruby red core, with a tad of brick color before the outer band of rose. Nose: Black cherry, licorice, a bit of creme and dried purple flowers throw secondary aromas. Palate: Waves of black cherry, cedar notes, the purple flowers, and some round creaminess like creme d'cassis, the texture is sharing both mature and youthful traits with the latter still holding sway. Good acidity, medium-fine tannins and a long finish, this absolutely is my favorite vintage of this wine.
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 04/15/2011
Drink Dates: 2011-2021
Dark purple with lots of fruit and alcohol. More in the style of a big shiraz than a bordeaux. Tones of toffee and tobacco with ample smooth tannins.
Tasted On: 05/01/2010
Tasted On: 12/02/2009
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