Wine Spectator | Rating: 94Beautifully crafted, this sleek version is focused on snappy red and dark berry flavors, with dusty earth accents and seductive cedar- and mocha-accented oak. Glides along gracefully on the finish. Drink now through 2030. 752 cases made.Author: James Laube
Vinous | Rating: 92One of the more immediate wines in this set of 2013 Cabernet Sauvignons, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard is plump, juicy and immediate, but it lacks the mid-palate sexiness and persistence that are such a signature of this great St. Helena site. In a vintage in which so many wines lean towards the extroverted end of the spectrum, the Crane is curiously reserved in style.Author: Antonio Galloni
Wine Advocate | Rating: 100The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard has a Mission Haut-Brion-on-steroids character, as it seems to be all gravel pit. Loads of wet pebbles, graphite, blueberry and blackberry fruit, a full-bodied opulence, and just a killer, skyscraper-like mouthfeel and stunning finish make for one of the most provocative and fabulous wines in this portfolio. Drink it over the next 25+ years. This is world-class and can stand up against anything made in 2013, as could the following wines as well. Paul Hobbs has emerged as one of the great success stories in Northern California. He's an international consultant known for his outstanding work in Argentina. He is also now involved in a joint venture in the Finger Lakes region of New York, so hopefully we can anticipate some interesting Rieslings and possibly GrA¬ner Veltliner, Pinot Blanc and even Gewurztraminer emerging from New York State. I had an extensive tasting with Hobbs at his winery in late January, and the results were all impressive. The tastings reflect the fact that, for Chardonnay, both 2013 and 2014 are brilliant vintages, and for Pinot Noir, 2014 may possibly eclipse 2013. As for the Bordeaux varietals, there's no question that 2013 is the game-changer, as I indicated in previous reports, but 2014 is delicious and another top-notch success.Author: Robert Parker
JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 97This is truly fantastic with lavender, hot stone and black currants. Blueberries. Silky and seamless with glorious length and beauty. 752 cases made. Better in 2020.Author: James Suckling
Self | Rating: 97Drink Dates: 2018-2022Author: kenorolla
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 , , , and 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. and 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.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 161 bottles owned
- 35 collectors
- Average collector rating: 97
(Out of 35 collectors)