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2005 Paul Hobbs - Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer (To-Kalon) Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon - USA - California - Napa - Oakville - Red

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USA - California - Napa - Oakville

Red Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer Notes

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... More »

WA 97
WS 95
IWC 93
Drink Dates
Comm: 2010-2030 WA: 2020-2045 WS: 2008-2013
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750ml $235.00

IWC 93
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 138

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.

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WA 97
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 219
Drink Dates 2020-2045

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

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WS 95
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2008-2013

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.

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Author Stephen G41
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.309%
Tasted On 06/05/2015

Pretty damn rich and fine for a Cali cab; succulent fruit and long finish. Not cloying in the least, a terrific bottle of wine.

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Author Alexander C229
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.214%
Tasted On 05/21/2015
Drink Dates 2010-2030

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!

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Author G
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.8%
Tasted On 06/16/2013

Very rich, bold and young. Solid finish. Should get better with age.

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Author Mcaz
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.377%
Tasted On 09/09/2012

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!

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Author WineRyan
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.444%
Tasted On 04/24/2010

Musky dirt notes on nose. Full bodied, lots of fruit on palate, nice structure. Medium-long finish, lingers nicely.

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Author Adriel L
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.703%
Tasted On 11/08/2008
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