" This is a layered and rich cabernet with currant and fresh-herb character. Some bark and black tea, too. Full-bodied, tight and tensioned with real focus and length. Delicious now but even better in 2020."
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"Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley offers up an expressive black cherries and black plums-laced nose with hints of spice box, cloves, menthol and coffee. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is opulent, packed with fruit and open for biz, sporting velvety tannins and great freshness, finishing long. 9,345 cases were made."
Established in 2000, CrossBarn is renowned winemaker Paul Hobbs’s innovative winery dedicated to crafting wines of stunning quality and exceptional value using sustainable vineyard practices and traditional winemaking techniques. These sophisticated yet approachable wines focus on appellations with worldwide acclaim, including the Napa Valley and Sonoma County for cabernet sauvignon, and the cool Sonoma Coast for chardonnay, rosè and pinot noir. Our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon showcases hand-harvested fruit from carefully selected vineyards in prime appellations in the Napa Valley. CrossBarn Cabernet Sauvignon offers structure and weight in balance with concentrated fruit.
2015 was the third straight outstanding growing season in a row, following the excellent 2012 and 2013 vintages. Dry winter and spring conditions limited canopy vigor, and a warm growing season with a lack of extreme heat spikes resulted in prolonged, even ripening through harvest. The resulting wines possess great site specificity, depth and quality.
Hand-harvested grapes, picked at night from St. Helena to Coombsville
Harvested between October 2nd – October 22nd
92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot, 2% Petite Verdot
27-day total maceration
Primary fermentation using native and selected yeasts
Aged 20 months in French and American oak barrels, 14% new
Dark crimson in color, our Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon exudes enticing aromas of cassis, boysenberry, lavender, sage, cedar, and tobacco leaf. A tantalizing palate offers a medley of peak-ripe, plums, wild berries, thyme, clove and vanillin. Creamy fine grain tannins from front to finish. Rich, savory flavors that coat the mouth entirely and continuously. Dense and mouth wateringly juicy.
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If you are looking for Paul Hobbs, you will most likely find him in a vineyard. Growing up on a working farm in upstate New York, Paul experienced first-hand the influence of terroir on the character of fruit, when his father had him taste apples of the same variety grown in different orchards several miles apart from one another. The diversity of flavors and textures made an impression on him and would later influence his approach to winemaking.
As a winemaker, Paul is highly regarded for his ability to identify exceptional vineyards, and for his pioneering spirit in working innovatively with new and historical sites and regions. His success has inspired a wealth of nicknames among the press, from quiet trendsetter to prospector to truffle-hunting dog. Hired by Robert Mondavi for his advanced understanding of oak aging, he went on to become winemaker for Opus One and Simi wineries, and then consultant to Peter Michael, Fisher, Lewis, Catena and others. He founded Paul Hobbs Winery in 1991.
Paul knows that the essence of profound wines can be traced back to meticulous care and expertise in the vineyard. Meticulous vineyard management followed by minimally?invasive winemaking techniques is his approach to producing wines that express their vineyard origins with utmost finesse, complexity, and authenticity; in other words, wines with a sense of place. Fermented with native yeasts and aged in French oak, all are bottled unfined and unfiltered.