Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon "Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard" 2010 (St. Helena, Napa Valley, California) - [RP 96]

Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon "Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard" 2010
(St. Helena, Napa Valley, California) - [RP 96]

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Notes from the Winemaker:

    • Owner: Andy Beckstoffer
    • Appellation: St. Helena, Napa Valley
    • Clonal Selections: 4, 337
    • Planted: 1998
    • Site: Flat topography with eastern and western exposure; gravelly, alluvial soils; Cortina and Bale loam
    • Yield: 3.7 tons/acre

      • Harvest Date: October 21
      • Harvest Brix: 25.6°
      • Growing Season: 2010 graced Napa County with a long spring. In March, the young tender vine buds were protected from frost by blankets of fog. Late spring and mid-summer were mild, with temperatures slowly increasing throughout the season. Occasional heat spikes in late summer and early fall encouraged ripening and higher sugar levels. The wines from 2010 are structured and bright with well-articulated flavors.

        • Hand-harvested grapes
        • Fermented in small, closed-top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts
        • 5-day cold soak, 28 days total maceration
        • Voluntary malolactic fermentation in barrels
        • Aged 20 months in French oak barrels; 100% new
        • Varietal composition: 100% cabernet sauvignon
        • Unfined and unfiltered; bottled June 2012


        This sophisticated dark crimson colored cabernet sauvignon offers aromas of cedar, black plum, toffee, wild blueberry and black tea leaf. The dense, powerful palate boasts layers of chewy black fruits, vanilla, cedar and cigar box, all of which are complemented by graphite and tar. The finish is tenacious; layers of fine tannins and dark fruit linger on the palate. This wine is rich, round and intense. Alcohol 14.9%

        Ratings & Reviews

        96 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
        "The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard is rich, sumptuous and totally striking. It brings together all of the classic Dr. Crane qualities – expressive aromatics, silky tannins and voluptuous fruit, all with the crystalline purity of 2010. Juicy dark cherries, roses, sweet spices and crushed rocks are layered into the expressive finish. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025." - Antonio Galloni (Dec 2012)

        94 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2009 vintage):
        "Inky purple. Complex, heady bouquet evokes red and dark berry preserves, incense and dried flowers, with star anise and allspice overtones gaining strength with air. Juicy, palate-staining black raspberry and cassis flavors show excellent depth, with chewing tobacco and vanilla nuances contributing complexity. Finishes seamless and sweet, with outstanding energy and persistence." - Josh Raynolds (May '12)

        94 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine (2009 vintage):
        "A sumptuous, open-throttle red, with dense, dark berry fruit and cedary oak flavors that are pure, rich and focused. Impressive for its range of flavor, graceful balance, supple tannins and nice length. Best from 2013 through 2023. 473 cases made." –JL (Jun 30, 2012)

        96 Points -
        Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2008 vintage):
        "From one of my favorite sites (because of its similarity to a top vintage of La Mission Haut Brion), the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard exhibits classic notes of burning embers, hot gravel, steel, blueberries, flowers and blackberries followed by an intense, full-bodied, profoundly concentrated wine. This riveting effort should drink nicely for 25+ years. There is a flinty underpinning to this offering that comes from the 20-acre vineyard in St. Helena. Despite being aged in 100% new oak, there is no evidence of wood in the aromatic or flavor profiles. This profound Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is as grand as the 2007.

        One of California’s most renowned international wine consultants (he consults with 14 bodegas in Argentina, 3 wineries in Chile and also an estate in Armenia), Paul Hobbs is also a well-known consultant in California with his best-known clients being Merus, Stewart Cellars, Clos Pegase and Constant. All of Paul Hobbs offerings from the Sonoma Coast and the Russian River, which includes an impressive portfolio of Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, will be reviewed in the February, 2011 issue in an extensive report on those viticultural areas. Hobbs produces one Napa Valley Pinot Noir from the Carneros region. The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignons all look sensational. As a group, they come close to rivaling the brilliant success Paul Hobbs enjoyed in 2007. An early look at barrel samples of four 2009s suggests these are very strong efforts. Paul Hobbs did not make a 2009 Stagecoach or Hyde Cabernet because he had not harvested those Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards before the deluge of rain hit in mid-October. He felt there was too much mold in those vineyards." - Robert Parker (Dec 2010)

        95 Points & "Highly Recommended" - Wine Spectator Magazine (2008 vintage):
        "Bold, rich, intense and generous, with a perfumed, aromatic mix of ripe blackberry, currant, anise, sage and licorice. Full-bodied, gaining depth and richness on the finish, where this gains an even tighter focus. Drink now through 2020. 466 cases made." –JL (June 15, 2011)

        93 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (2008 vintage):
        "Opaque ruby. High-pitched aromas of black raspberry, redcurrant, violet, minerals, cedar, black pepper and tobacco. Sweet, densely packed and smooth in texture, but with a firm mineral spine giving energy to the dark berry, licorice and floral flavors. This very suave, silky-smooth cabernet stains the entire palate and clings impressively on the succulent finish. " - Josh Raynolds (May/June '11)