2015 Paul Hobbs CrossBarn Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5 Liter
87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 3% Cabernet franc, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec
Our recent dalliance with Paul Hobbs’ CrossBarn Pinot Noir and Chardonnay by-the-glass inspired us to schedule a tasting of the CrossBarn version of Hobbs’ Napa ValleyCabernet Sauvignon and, once again, it’s nails! There is a sense of polish and finesse to whatever Hobbs touches, and this, his so-called second label of Cab, is actually sourced from a who’s-who of the Napa Valley’s best sources, vineyards that typically fetch triple-digit prices and get nosebleed scores in a lot of other wines. There is no reason, therefore, why it shouldn’t be great. And it is. We were impressed, for a start, just with the color; an inky dark holding untold depths of ripe blackberry, red currant, mint-chocolate and cedar box. Middle weight running to full on the palate, the tannins are ripe and frame some lovely wild berry, allspice and tobacco flavors. Great acidity keeps the balance in check and it’s a thoroughly lovely drink right now. Most don’t buy Hobbs’ CrossBarn wines to cellar but I can tell you that if a few bottles got lost down there for a few years, it wouldn’t be a disaster! Great price for a Napa Cab of this caliber.
James Suckling: 93 points
This is a layered and rich cabernet with currant and fresh-herb character. Some bark and black tea, too. Full-bodied, tight and tensioned with real focus and length. Delicious now but even better in 2020. (5/2018)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 91 points
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley offers up an expressive black cherries and black plums-laced nose with hints of spice box, cloves, menthol and coffee. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is opulent, packed with fruit and open for biz, sporting velvety tannins and great freshness, finishing long. Drink now-2030.
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is an attractive wine to drink now and over the next few years. Understated and delicate, with lilting aromatics and fine balance, 2015 has much to offer. This is a decidedly laid-back, mid-weight style for the year. Hints of smoke, leather, tobacco, mint and grilled herbs add nuance throughout.
Rich and round, the tannins in this full-bodied wine are sweet and elongated, with a midpalate of cassis, crayon wax and mocha swirling around one another and smoky, toasted oak.
Complex, if on a modest scale. The core flavors of dark berry, gravel, cedar and underbrush hold their own. Drink now through 2026.