Today, we are lucky enough to have secured a tiny allocation to offer you from one of the finest wineries in America. We’re talking about the illustrious Paul Hobbs (Robert Mondavi, Opus One and Simi alum) whose own winery has had countless praise heaped upon them from day one, including the rare-air distinction of joining wine royalty in the Robert Parker, Jr. 100-point club.
Paul Hobbs’ winery has built an extraordinary reputation for making the best of the best in Cabernet, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from some of the most exclusive, lavish sites in all of the U.S. Each vintage, Paul seemingly effortlessly manages to get the most out of the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast and Napa Valley AVAs making wines that uniquely exemplify each individual terroir.
Because Paul and his brother Matt haven’t been in New Jersey in forever, I figured I’d call over there and bust their chops. “When are you visiting the Garden State?”. “When are you coming out to Napa?” Touche.
We decided to meet in the middle– I don’t mean in Kansas. Instead, I was offered their new release of their Napa Valley Estate Cabernet at a “Nicholas Special Price”. Not too shabby at all.
94 Points, James Suckling
A solid cabernet with currants and berries, blue fruit and lavender. Medium-to full-bodied, solid and beautiful. Creamy and very long. Give it a year or so. Try after 2021.
92 Points, Antonio Galloni- Vinous
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is a gorgeous, racy wine that captures all the best the vintage has to offer within its peer group. Juicy red and purplish berry fruit, lavender and mint give the 2017 striking freshness and nuance to match its mid-weight personality. This is such a pretty and accessible wine. I would prefer to drink it over the next decade or so.