As most of you know, Paul Hobbs has been making brilliant Cabernet Sauvignon for over 15 years, starting with their 1998 Napa Cab. The base Napa Cabernet is absolutely amazing juice for the money and I personally own bottles from the 1999, 2001, and 2002 vintages that I purchased for $50/btl. Best $50 bottles from Napa I have ever consumed, especially the 2002.
Then in 2001, Hobbs released its first vintage of the Beckstoffer To Kalon, made famous by Robert Mondavi in the 90's and now by Schrader. It received a 98 point score out the gate. They then followed that with the now legendary 2002, which got 100 points.
The Dr. Crane vineyard was also initiated back in 2001, and has had very consistent quality year to year, with the exceptional years in Napa generating outstanding wines. According to Robert Parker, this well-known vineyard on the back lots of St. Helena has gravelly, pebbly soil with a La Mission Haut-Brion-like character. His notes from March 2016 on the 2013 Vintage are as follows...
The 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.
In short, 2012 and 2013 Napa Cabernet based wines are sensational and should not be missed. They are approachable now and hold great drinking promise for years to come. Do not miss a chance to own this gem straight from distribution.
- Everett Love
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