International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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 TanzerIssue: May/June 2005
Wine Spectator | Rating: 94Fantastic 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.Author: James LaubeIssue: Nov 15, 2005
Wine Advocate | Rating: 100One 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 - 2050Author: Robert ParkerIssue: 201
Vinous | Rating: 92Bright, clear medium ruby with a healthy rim. Darker on the nose than the 2001 bottling, conveying a slightly inky quality to its aromas of cassis, dark cherry, bitter chocolate, mocha and cedar; can't quite match the '01 for floral lift. Rich and suave in the mouth, with cassis, blueberry and licorice flavors complicated by a hint of herbs and lifted by a violet topnote. If this wine doesn't show quite the uniform ripeness, elegance or definition of the '01, it's larger-scaled. Its substantial tannins are also more apparent today, but with so much baby fat, they may yet be absorbed. Hobbs described 2002 as a "muscular" year for Cabernet, noting that he was the first to pick fruit in this vineyard. Perhaps as a result, this wine avoids the raisiny character shown by some 2002s. (14.8% alcohol; 3.72 pH; 5.8 g/l acidity)Drink Dates: 2019 - 2032Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: Jul 2019
Self | Rating: 96Author: rcl
Self | Rating: 97Deep 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.Drink Dates: 2005-2011Author: Daniel B
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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Collector Data For This Wine
- 592 bottles owned
- 141 collectors
- Average collector rating: 97
(Out of 141 collectors)