Paul Hobbs Napa Valley CrossBarn Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Napa Valley, USA

Drunk November 2013, Goodman City, London


The winery

The owner and winemaker Paul Hobbs Winery, Paul, grew up on a working farm in upstate New York, Paul experienced first-hand the influence of terroir on the character of fruit, when his father had him taste apples of the same variety grown in different orchards several miles apart from one another. The diversity of flavors and textures made an impression on him and would later influence his approach to winemaking.

First hired by Robert Mondavi for his expertise in oak aging, he then joined the Opus One team before moving on to Simi Winery.

He founded Paul Hobbs Winery in 1991 and Vina Cobos in 1999. Twice named Wine Personality of the Year by Robert Parker, Jr., he continues to be a leading consultant winemaker around the globe.

1969 - Paul Hobbs’s first sip of wine, 1962 Château d’Yquem, served by his father.

1991 - Paul Hobbs Winery is founded.

1998 - Land is purchased in Sebastopol, California, which will become Katherine Lindsay Estate.

2003 - First crush in Sebastopol

2005 Paul Hobbs 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard earns 100 points from Robert Parker Jr.’s, The Wine Advocate.

2010 Wine Spectator ranks Paul Hobbs 2008 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley #6 on the Top 100 Wines 

2012 Robert Parker Retrospective: "Paul Hobbs 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard earns 100 points from Robert Parker Jr.'s, The Wine Advocate"

The wine

The grapes for Paul Hobbs' Crossbarn Cabernet Sauvignon are hand-harvested from select vineyards across Napa Valley. It was aged for 17 months in 15% new French and American oak barrels before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Dark ruby in color with cherry aromas. Plenty of upfront fruit on the palate with blackcurrants, plum with a chocolate note. Balanced, with tannins somewhat offset by acidity but still perhaps could do with some ageing. Good value for a Napa Balley cabernet sauvignon but not best in class.