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2005 Paul Hobbs - Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer (To-Kalon) Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 97 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 84271-2005-750-1A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    Dark purple. Hugely aromatic nose offers cherry, blackcurrant, cured tobacco, roasted coffee and licorice. Dense and weighty but fresh, with energetic red and dark fruit flavors, chewy texture and a wallop of vanilla on the back end. Combines depth, power and energy deftly, with superb finishing clarity and thrust. This won't let go of the palate.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    If the Dr. Crane Vineyard is La Mission Haut-Brion, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is a classic first-growth and, for Napa, a Pauillac-like offering. It has a dense purple color and is as youthful as the Dr. Crane, but exhibiting less minerality, with more classic creme de cassis, wild mountain berry fruit, and hints of tobacco and spring flowers as well as licorice. As often is the case, every nook and cranny of the palate seems to be filled with wondrous flavors of red and black fruits and spices in a silky, full-bodied, opulent style. This is a beauty, still young, with as much upside as the Beckstoffer Dr. Crane. Nevertheless, this is a slightly bigger wine, even though the alcohol level is about the same as the Dr. Crane (15.3%). This beauty is approachable, but another five years will reward with even greater pleasure, and 20-25 years of cellaring is well within its potential. Tel. (707) 824-9879
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    This has wonderful purity of fruit. Rich, ripe, intense and elegant, with layers of spicy currant, wild berry, black cherry, anise and hazelnut shadings. Gains depth and length on the finish, which sails on.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Adriel L
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Musky dirt notes on nose. Full bodied, lots of fruit on palate, nice structure. Medium-long finish, lingers nicely.
    Author: WineRyan
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Pretty damn rich and fine for a Cali cab; succulent fruit and long finish. Not cloying in the least, a terrific bottle of wine.
    Author: Stephen G41
  • Self | Rating: 98

    This wine has a deep red, beautiful color in the glass. Aromas of rich, ripened berry fruits on the nose set this wine up perfectly for the palate full of dark berry and toast. It has a long lasting finish to enjoy!
    Author: Mcaz
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Very rich, bold and young. Solid finish. Should get better with age.
    Author: G
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Wow! Obvious winner at our recent wine dinner. Incredible nose and legs. Deep purple, inky color. Jammy, red fruit with a hint of Blackberry. Loooong finish. Just opening up, try it now!
    Drink Dates: 2010-2030
    Author: Alexander C229
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.

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Cabernet Sauvignon is a thick-skinned variety that is high in color, flavor, tannin, and body, displaying aromas of black currant, blackberry, violet, bell pepper, and black cherry. It is late-ripening and therefore struggles to grow in cool climates. Quality can vary tremendously depending on terroir, vineyard management, and winemaking style, with the highest quality wines coming from the Haut-Médoc and Graves in Bordeaux, and Napa and Sonoma in California.

The powerful flavors, tannin, and body of Cabernet Sauvignon make it well suited to ageing and allow it to stand up to a large proportion of new oak without overpowering the wine. 225-litre barriques are the most popular size barrel and French oak is commonly used by the best producers to add structural complexity and flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and clove to the nose and palate. The best wines, many of which are below, can age further in the bottle for decades.

Old-World Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with Merlot, which ripens earlier than Cabernet and adds plum, softer tannin, and lighter body to this Bordeaux blend. These wines typically have earth-driven aromas such as wet leaves and truffle along with bell peppers and leather. First-Growth producers such as Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Latour, and Château Margaux consistently produce some of the highest-quality Cabernet Sauvignon-based blends.

New-World Cabernet Sauvignon is seen both as a blend and single varietal. Warmer climates and long sunlight hours result in an extended growing season, bearing grapes with richer fruit, bigger tannin, higher alcohol, and lower acidity than their Old-World counterparts. Some of the best expressions of these full-bodied wines come from producers like Screaming Eagle, Hundred Acre, Schrader and Scarecrow.

All Cabernet Sauvignon pairs phenomenally well with meat-forward dishes such as rib-eye steak, short ribs, lamb shank, or a cheeseburger. Vegetable-forward dishes featuring mushrooms are also a great choice for this variety. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 388 bottles owned
  • 98 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 98 collectors)