Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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'One of the greatest attributes of the Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignons is their ability to deliver incredible pleasure throughout their entire lives. I tasted a wide range of wines this year with Paul Hobbs and winemaker Megan Baccitich, including several past vintages of the flagship To Kalon, which confirmed that view.' Wine Advocate

Made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, this powerful and beautiful Cabernet comes from the Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard, which is owned and managed by Andy Beckstoffer. The gravelly, loamy soils of the site give the wine Graves-like aromas, and yield about 4 tons per acre. Planted in 1998, the vineyard is showing exceptional promise. Look for inviting aromas of boysenberry, black cherry and dried herbs. The palate gives generous, concentrated flavors of perfectly ripened black and red fruits interlaced with graphite, freshly baked bread and white pepper. The intense fruit and spice elements persist through an extremely long finish.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Appellation St Helena
Brand Paul Hobbs
Alcohol/vol 14.7%
  • wa98

Wine AdvocateOf the three Beckstoffer Vineyards, it's pretty much a joyride as to which one readers may prefer. The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane moves more toward the wet rock, blueberry, raspberry fruit spectrum, but still stays dark and foreboding, very concentrated and full-bodied. The great terroir comes through and the wine is distinctive, singular, opulent and rich. Another fabulous success from Paul Hobbs and one more showcase wine for this great vineyard. Anticipated maturity: now-2032.

Robert Parker, October 2014
  • ws92

Wine SpectatorThough tannic at points, this is notably complex and refined in texture and aromas, with a subtle mix of currant, anise, dried berry, cedary oak, tobacco and cigar box on the aftertaste. Drink now through 2028. 1,016 cases made.

James Laube, August 31, 2016