2019 Crossbarn by Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County


Hobbs brings polish and finesse to Crossbarn, sourcing extreme value from Napa Valley's top vineyards. The inky dark hue hints at ripe blackberry, red currant, mint chocolate, and cedar box depths. Middle to full-bodied, with ripe tannins, wild berry, allspice, and tobacco flavors. Great acidity ensures balance, making it a delightful drink. While not typically cellared, a few lost bottles wouldn't be a disaster—they age well.

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?

Cabernet Sauvignon
Paul Hobbs
18 Months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak, 13% New
Sonoma County
Total Varietal Composition %:
81% Cabernet Sauvignon 12% Merlot 7% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol %:
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750 ml Bottle

James Suckling

A berry and cherry red with brightness and elegance. It’s medium-bodied with fine tannins and a long, linear finish. Blackcurrants and chocolate. Some pine cone, too. Lots of finesse and savoriness.