2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley:
Named after the one hundred fifty year old ‘cross barn’ located on the Hobbs family farm in upstate New York, CrossBarn honors the values of hard work and integrity instilled in Paul from his childhood. With a commitment to sustainably nurturing the vineyards, while pushing the boundaries of traditional winemaking, CrossBarn wines offer a pure and youthful expression of fruit blended from diverse vineyards within California’s finest appellations.
Produced using hand-harvested fruit from carefully selected vineyards within the Napa Valley, this Cabernet Sauvignon offers a lively and authentic expression of its appellation.
An otherwise flawless season commenced with unfavorable spring weather which drove poor crop set, and also caused set to occur over an extended period leading to uneven ripening, and necessitating extensive thinning—a combination of factors that led to 30-35% below average yields. Careful vineyard work and good conditions throughout the rest of the season achieved exceedingly concentrated fruit of balance and quality. The result are lively wines, with a purity of fruit that express their appellation of origin with typicity.
An exuberant garnet, this 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon expresses the complexity and diversity of the Napa Valley vineyard sites from which it is sourced. Vivid aromas of ripe blackberry, red currant, cacao and cigar box harmonize with flavors of freshly crushed wild berry, allspice, and sweet tobacco. Layers of red and black cherry emerge alongside marked minerality, framed by fine grain tannins evolving throughout a long, energetic finish.
- * 87% cabernet sauvignon, 6% merlot, 3% cabernet franc, 2% petit verdot, 2% malbec
- * 5-day cold soak, 26-day maceration
- * Native malolactic fermentation
- * Barrel aged for 20 months, 8% new French and 10% new American oak
- * Bottled unfined
Aromas of tar, blackberries, cloves and dark chocolate. Perfumed. Full and focused with a beautiful center palate and length. Mostly from Nathan Combs in Coombsville with some Yountville-sourced fruit. Best ever. Drink or hold. - James Suckling 95 Points
This wine is composed of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon with 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley opens with spicy cassis and blueberry tart notions plus underlying bay leaves, cedar, pencil lead and smoked meat notes. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and packed with black berry and spice box flavor layers, it has a firm backbone of grainy tannins and instills plenty of freshness on the finish. - Robert Parker 92 Points
Dark purple in colour with enticing aromas of black cherry, blueberries, liquorice and menthol. Sweet mocha and blackcurrant fruit on the palate, tannins are smooth with a balanced acidity and long finish. Paul Hobbs was one of the first winemakers at Opus One and has built a formidable reputation both in Napa Valley and South America. - Decanter Magazine 90 Points