Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Oakville|
An exemplary vintage from this historic site that possesses enormous complexity, elegant mouthfeel, and refined tension. Displaying dark garnet with a shade of purple toward the rim, the wine is expressive with scents of roses, cinnamon spice, blackberry compote, and tobacco leaf. The palate is full and lively with flavors of Black Mission fig, mocha, and anise framed by firm tanninssetting the stage for an endless finish that’s joined by graphite, fresh thyme, and licorice. Alcohol 14.9%
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard slides seductively out of the glass with the most gorgeous notions of Chinese five spice, plum preserves, crème de cassis and potpourri plus hints of oolong tea, spearmint and cedar chest. Full-bodied, rich, opulent and oh-so-decadent in the mouth, the generously spiced black fruit preserves, the firm, plush frame and the finish are simply epic.
Bright, full medium ruby. Compelling floral lift to the very dark aromas of boysenberry, blueberry, violet, minerals and sea salt; showed a distinct wild berry quality as it opened in the glass. Densely packed, seamless and brisk, with intense blue fruit and violet flavors dominating. A strong spine of acidity and tannins is currently keeping the wine a bit youthfully simple, but its explosive, palate-staining length and energy suggest that it will be a beauty--and long-lived.
Juicy and focused, with friendly flavors of cassis, cherry preserves and blackberry pie, framed by a modest dose of roasted apple wood. Light spice and licorice accents add to the finish, where an echo of loam passes through. The fruit makes this seem approachable despite some seriously sneaky depth and length. Best from 2020 through 2034.