2002 Paul Hobbs - Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer (To-Kalon) Vineyard 750ml

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2002 Paul Hobbs - Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer (To-Kalon) Vineyard
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International Wine Cellar | 93

($265) Good saturated ruby. Superripe aromas of cassis, black raspberry, bitter chocolate and licorice; less herbal than this producer's other cabernets from this vintage. A fine-grained fruit bomb, with a captivating sweetness. This really expands on the back half yet dances on the palate. The lush tannins reach the incisors.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Wine Advocate | 100

One of the greatest young Cabernet Sauvignons I have ever tasted is the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard (which I also rated 100 when it was first bottled). This wine has hardly changed since its release. Still incredibly youthful, it reveals a blue/black color along with notes of black currants, camphor, graphite, high quality unsmoked cigar tobacco, blackberries and a touch of oak. Full-bodied and multilayered with terrific texture and richness as well as a 60-second finish, this young, exuberant, slightly flamboyant classic offers an interesting contrast in style with other top producers (such as Schrader Cellars) that also farm parcels of the Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard. Like most young Cabernets, this wine can be drunk now because of the sweetness of its tannins, but it is a good decade away from full maturity. It should last until 2040-2050. Bravo!

Drink Dates: 2022-2050
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 201

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Wine Spectator | 94

Fantastic aromas of black cherry, blackberry, currant, violets, mineral and light toasty oak, it coats the palate with a rich, dense, multifaceted array of flavors. The tannins are bold and concentrated too, though ripe. This is a potent young stallion of a Cabernet, with an exotic spicy finish. 611 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2007-2014
Author: James Laube


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Score: 96
Author: rcl
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 11/01/2014
Score: 97
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 05/01/2005
Drink Dates: 2005-2011
Deep color with heavily pigmented legs. The nose is a bit reticent but has fine underlying strength. Blackberry, stone, mint, vanilla, and oak scents. Creamy with smooth, enduring, and layered dark fruits. Texturally gorgeous ? pure silk which is a very rare characteristic for Cabernet. Incredibly well balanced. This wine has it all ? power and elegance. An easy wine to appreciate but very fine regardless. 100% Cabernet (clones 337 and 4) aged for 20 month in 100% new French oak barrels (Taransaud and Seguin Moreau) before being bottled without fining or filtration. Unfortunately, this wine is priced oh so dear ? not surprising given that Hobbs? prices all of his wine very aggressively.
More Vintages and Sizes of Paul Hobbs - Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer (To-Kalon) Vineyard:

2011 (750ml)

About This Producer


When Paul Hobbs founded his eponymous winery in 1991, he set out to produce small lot, hand-crafted, vineyard designate wines. He began with just three - one Chardonnay, one Pinot Noir and one Cabernet Sauvignon.

Over the years, the small family of wines has grown to over a dozen as numerous new and historic vineyards have captured Hobbs' attention since that first vintage. The current wines are the result of years of perseverance, patience and experimentation in Hobbs' continuing adventure with wine. It is his great hope that the fruit-driven, complex wines he makes with his dedicated team will continue to appeal to many people around the globe.

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