Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
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The legendary vineyard situated on the Oakville bench is farmed by both row and vine so we can endow the fullest expression of the site. Presenting an appearance of opaque purple color, enormous complexity and layered aromatics open with black raspberry, anise, and intonations of cigar leaf and savory tar. Wild blackberry and currant present a focused palate highlighted by mocha and dried thyme. The full-bodied texture and balanced acidity are surrounded by opulent and voluptuous tannins from start to finish making this a readily approachable wine that pleases the palate. Consider complementing with duck confit cassoulet, steak frites with béarnaise, or spicy mussel cioppino.
Deep purple-black in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard opens with seducing notes of crushed black currants, blueberry compote and dried mulberries with hints of spice cake, sandalwood, dried roses and star anise plus a touch of smoked meats. Full-bodied, rich, ripe and densely packed, the opulent fruit is superbly framed by velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with lingering spice layers.
Score: 98, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, December 29, 2017
Bright, saturated ruby-red. Creamy scents of black raspberry, dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, graphite and crushed rock. A bit less refined and delineated in the middle palate than the '14, with its flavors of black and red cherry and cocoa powder showing serious plushness and weight but also very good energy. These tannins may not be quite as fine as those of the '14 but the finish is gripping and very long, hinting at a youthfully medicinal quality. This has all the elements of the site but will take a while to express itself fully. According to Hobbs, 2015 was a distinctly warm, dry, early year "approaching the peak of the drought." (14.9% alcohol; 3.69 pH; 5.8 g/l acidity; from what Hobbs described as "a decent crop"--3.1 tons per acre--in the context of the vintage)
Score: 93, Stephen Tanzer, July 2019
Plump and juicy, this wine transcends fruit purity to reveal elements of finesse and nuance. The best times lie ahead. Best from 2020 through 2032.
Score: 92, James Laube, October 31, 2018
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