Paul Hobbs, Napa Valley, Beckstoffer To-Kalon, Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

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97 points Wine Advocate

From the undeniable first-growth quality site comes the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard. When the fruit from this vineyard is handled properly, the resulting wine often flirts with perfection. Hobbs’ 2001 boasts a dense blue/purple color along with an incredibly pure nose of spice box, cedarwood, creme de cassis, blueberry pie and subtle smoke as well as graphite notes that could easily pass for a first- or second-growth Pauillac. Broad, expansive, full-bodied flavors reveal stunning purity, amazing depth and richness, and a finish that goes on for nearly a minute. Still youthful, but oh, so impressive, it is hard to resist now, but it should be even better in 5-8 years, and keep for 30-40+ years. (RP) (5/2011)

94 points Vinous

Bright, full ruby. Wonderfully perfumed, complex nose offers scents of red- and blackcurrant, black cherry, licorice, mint, tobacco, cedar and minerals; a quantum leap beyond the earlier vintages in complexity, ripeness and class. Plush, fleshy and generous, but with ripe, penetrating acidity giving shape and verve to its classic Cabernet flavors of dark berries, bitter chocolate, menthol, dried herbs and spices. As seamless as this is, its intense fruit is still quite juicy and lively. The very long attention-grabber of a finish features firm, well-integrated tannins. This wine was tightly wound but very promising when I first tasted it in 2004 and it is evolving beautifully. Today it shows an element of sweetness that the earlier vintages lacked. (ST) (6/2020)

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