Oh, Cab Franc - how we love you. Especially when you are made by Napa rock star Paul Hobbs. Refined like a body builder in a tuxedo with a leafy cummerbund. This is a big wine with a blackberry core and minerally earth elements. Tie up the bowtie and step out with this tonight.
The name Paul Hobbs is synonymous with fine California winemaking. Born into a farming family in New York, Paul borrowed early life experience to reinvent modern winemaking by employing a classical approach that pays the utmost attention to quality farming and treating the fruit minimally so that it can convey a true sense of place. While his uncanny ability to ferret out unique and expressive vineyards and undiscovered regions has only enhanced his reputation, a resume that includes winemaking stints at Opus One and Simi, as well as consulting projects with Peter Michael, Fisher Vineyards and Lewis has helped position himself as one of California's best guiding hands in the cellar. All the wine projects lucky enough to be associated with Paul Hobbs are farmed sustainably. Furthermore, crop yields are kept low to boost flavor intensity, grapes are sorted by hand, juice is turned to wine with the aid of native yeasts and the wines are bottled without fining or filtration. Paul's reach spans far and wide, with his own wineries Paul Hobbs and CrossBarn in California, and Viña Cobos in Argentina. Word on the street is that he's even got his hands on grapes from Chile, Uruguay, France and Armenia. He's got us wondering, what will this globetrotting winemaker do next?
An intense nose of lead pencil, forest floor, blackcurrants, mulberries, blackberries, dark chocolate, vanilla, peppermint tea and plum essence. The structure on the palate really blows you away, as it offers grippy tannins, vibrant yet well-integrated acidity, tons of tangy fruit and a long finish. Needs time. Best cabernet franc in Napa?