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Sunday, January 16, 2011
Paul Hobbs Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, 2004
A phenomenal deep ruby color and rich, dark fruit nose with hints of oak and vanilla give preview to the excellence that is Paul Hobbs Cab. Still young, the '04 has a juicy, dark fruit and slightly jammy forward palate, that rounds out incredibly with a cedar, coffee, slight vanilla, and rich fruit mid-palate. I would give this another year or two in the cellar to break down some of the tannins, however, if you are in the enjoying mood, be aware it is a little tight and warm on the back of the throat, but after about 30-45 minutes in the decanter, it will be a wonderful addition to the table. There is a great spice finish that is reminiscent of dark fruit and cedar. A+. Excellent accompaniment to grilled lamb chops or a slow-braised beef short rib.
90 pts Wine Advocate
Found online for $95, but realistically $130+ in restaurants