Wine Advocate | Rating: 92Paul Hobbs has exploited the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard as well as anybody (with the possible exception of the Schraders), and his 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is more narrowly framed than usual, but it remains a powerful, impressive 2011. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by copious aromas of cassis, licorice, Christmas fruitcake, earth and spice. With the finest texture and sweetness of all the 2011 Hobbs cuvees, it is expansive, rich and surprisingly strong as well as long. Enjoy this beauty over the next 10-15 years.Author: Robert Parker
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90Inky purple. Complex aromas of cassis, violet, black pepper and licorice. Sweet, densely packed and powerful, displaying good definition to its black fruit and bitter chocolate flavors. A smoky mineral element contributes energy and cut to the finish, which is firmed by solid, youthfully ungiving tannins. Like the Las Piedras bottling, this is a hard one to wrap your palate around right now.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: May/June 2014
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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- 54 bottles owned
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