2017 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard

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Wine Critic Reviews for 2017 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard

This has a beautiful center palate of ripe fruit that shows raspberries and blueberries, as well as lavender. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Give it three or four years of bottle age. Try after 2022.

James Suckling | 96 JS
Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard is a little closed to begin, offering subtle notes of crushed blackberries, kirsch, wild blueberries and mulberries with wafts of lavender, lilacs, tilled soil and cedar chest. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has bags of energy and freshness, filling the palate with crunchy red and black fruits and ripe, grainy tannins, finishing on a floral note. 307 cases made.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 95+ RP
This pulls no punches, with a lush, dark, richly fruited display of warm fig, steeped blackberry and mulled black currant flavors, while notes of baker's chocolate, tobacco and warm cast iron fill in on the finish. Shows plenty of heft, but maintains definition and focus. An impressive effort for the vintage. Best from 2022 through 2038. 307 cases made.

Wine Spectator | 94 WS
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard is powerful and dense, with plenty of the mineral and earthy character that is so typical of this site. Black cherry, plum, lavender, mint, spice and graphite all add to the wine's virile personality. Even so, the 2017 is a relatively understated Las Piedras Cabernet. I would prefer to drink it over the next handful of years, give or take. The 2017 has all of the aromatic nuances that are such signatures of Piedras, with terrific mid-palate pliancy, but it also seems to be recovering from its bottling a few months before this tasting.

Vinous Media | 93+ VM

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Vintage 2017
Color Red
Country US: As one of the most prolific and innovative wine regions in the world, America is a joy to explore. Most wine connoisseurs will agree that the nation's finest and most compelling wines are being produced today, which means that we have front-row seats to one of the most inspirational stories in wine history. While other regions tend to focus on specific wine styles and have somewhat strict rules as to which varietals you could grow, areas like California have few such restrictions in place. As a result, creative visionaries behind America's most reputable estates have been able to develop compelling, unique, and innovative styles, with a level of terroir expression that rivals even France's largest giants.
Producer Paul Hobbs
Rating 96 JS
Region California: With a history of wine production that dates back to the 18th century, California currently sits as one of the world's most prolific and reputable wine regions. With an area as vast as California, you can expect a colorful collage of terroir profiles, a series of microclimates, and micro-environments that give the wine a unique, memorable appeal. The region's produce is far from homogenized in that sense, and it would take you countless hours to sample all of it. While the region boasts scars from the Prohibition era, it went through what can only be described as a viticultural Renaissance sometime after the 1960s. At that point, California went from a port-style, sweet wine region to a versatile and compelling competitor on the world market. Today, no matter which way your taste in wine leans, you can find a new favorite producer among California's most talented. Notable sub-regions include legendary names like Napa Valley and Sonoma County, places that any wine lover would die to visit. California's quintessential warm climate allows for incredibly ripe fruit expressions, a style that provides a stark contrast to Old World-inspired, earthy classics. Even where inspiration was clearly taken from staple French appellations, Californian winemakers put their own unique spin on the wine.
Type of Wine California Red: Whether it's Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah or Zinfandel, Californian red wine producers have a lovely habit of taking a varietal and expressing its essence in a unique, never before seen way. From Napa Valley to the regions south of Los Angeles, there's a red for everyone - and it's never too late to start exploring.
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
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