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2008

Cabernet Sauvignon

Beckstoffer To Kalon Vnyd
Oakville, Napa Valley

Sourced from favored rows within the exclusive BV4 block, the 2008 release achieves formidable complexity and refinement. Its black crimson hues are resplendent with aromas of blackberry, red currant and graphite. The palate is silky and graceful, yet powerfully charged with intense, finely sculpted layers of crème de cassis, bittersweet cocoa and cedar. The mid-palate confirms the wine's breadth with a surprising lift brought on by very subtle notes of yeasty bread and vanillin, in a crescendo toward an endless finish graced with firm, stately tannins. Alcohol 14.9%

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97+ points Wine Advocate

“Reminiscent of a great first-growth Pauillac. One of Napa’s true first-growth vineyards. Hobbs obtains just about everything one could want from this extraordinary site. The phenomenal 2008 boasts sweet, juicy crème de cassis, incense, blackberry, toasty oak, licorice and spice box characteristics. Deep and full-bodied with great intensity, freshness, laser-like precision, copious tannin and a 60+ second finish. This cuvee is best forgotten for 2-4 years and drunk over the following three decades. It comes close to rivaling the 2007 and the virtually perfect 2002 (which I recently drank and was blown away by).”
Robert Parker Jr.

95 points Wine Spectator

“A graceful, refined effort that offers a supple, polished mix of currant, plum and black cherry flavors, with loamy earth, spice, mineral and crème de cassis notes.  Full-bodied and notably refined, this firms nicely on the finish, revealing more cedary, woody touches.  Best from 2014 through 2027.”
James Laube

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Harvest Date October 3

Growing Season 2008 began with an exceptionally dry spring and early budbreak. Frosts in April significantly lowered cluster counts. Weather stabilized and warmed through summer, with warmer temperatures continuing through harvest. A smaller crop of high quality fruit ripened fully and evenly, developing an excellent balance of sugars and acid. Overall, the 2008 wines are bright and expressive with well-articulated flavors.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Fermented in small, closed-top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts
• 6-day cold soak, 34 days total maceration
• Native malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 20 months exclusively in Taransaud French oak barrels; 100% new
• Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
• Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; bottled June 2010