Hall Wines

Kathryn Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.3814 ratings
9.2109 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.3

I probably sound like a broken record, but here’s another 2011 that shows beautifully. I’ve had quite a few different vintages of this wine and they certainly fall in to the rich, opulent, almost hedonistic type style. While this wine isn’t fully there (which isn’t a bad thing), I also don’t pick up much green/vegetal character to it that some 2011 wines possess. There is a ripeness that cascades all over this wine but it pulls back before going too far. Aromatically, it smells like a baked mixed berry pie, lots of baking spices like nutmeg, licorice, toasted rhubarb fig, tar and sweet pipe tobacco. Nicely integrated on the palate, though the ABV pokes out just a small amount. Waves of flavor on the palate showing red, blue and black fruits alongside graphite, charcoal, dark cocoa and espresso nicely wrapped in a silky and slightly dusty profile. This is likely at peak and will hang here for 2-3yrs before starting its decline. Very nice effort for the vintage.

I probably sound like a broken record, but here’s another 2011 that shows beautifully. I’ve had quite a few different vintages of this wine and they certainly fall in to the rich, opulent, almost hedonistic type style. While this wine isn’t fully there (which isn’t a bad thing), I also don’t pick up much green/vegetal character to it that some 2011 wines possess. There is a ripeness that cascades all over this wine but it pulls back before going too far. Aromatically, it smells like a baked mixed berry pie, lots of baking spices like nutmeg, licorice, toasted rhubarb fig, tar and sweet pipe tobacco. Nicely integrated on the palate, though the ABV pokes out just a small amount. Waves of flavor on the palate showing red, blue and black fruits alongside graphite, charcoal, dark cocoa and espresso nicely wrapped in a silky and slightly dusty profile. This is likely at peak and will hang here for 2-3yrs before starting its decline. Very nice effort for the vintage.

Apr 29th, 2020
Chris Zitzman

Been saving this one & it is in the sweet-spot of its prime. Never forget the first time I had it at the Wine Spectator, Grand Event “Tasting of the Ages” Thing at the Marriot Marquis back in 2014. In the highest of company it beautifully defined itself as more than just a “competitor” with some the most sought-after Cabs in the world- it was in a Leauge of its own. Good chance it’s my favorite Cab of all time.
@tonight its in its prime.

Been saving this one & it is in the sweet-spot of its prime. Never forget the first time I had it at the Wine Spectator, Grand Event “Tasting of the Ages” Thing at the Marriot Marquis back in 2014. In the highest of company it beautifully defined itself as more than just a “competitor” with some the most sought-after Cabs in the world- it was in a Leauge of its own. Good chance it’s my favorite Cab of all time.
@tonight its in its prime.

Aug 26th, 2019
Thomas Brenner

This wine is a douzy. So squid ink dark, mocha, mint, chocolate, dense, full bodied and 15.8 percenty!

This wine is a douzy. So squid ink dark, mocha, mint, chocolate, dense, full bodied and 15.8 percenty!

Aug 16th, 2018
Scott Roskovski

Incredibly sensual. 1 sip and my smoking hot wife lost her panties and we made love like wild beasts on the African plains.

Incredibly sensual. 1 sip and my smoking hot wife lost her panties and we made love like wild beasts on the African plains.

7 people found it helpfulJul 17th, 2016
Renaud Lesage

There is something soothing about this powerfull wine. Dark fruits, slight toffee, and nice back-bone of elegant tannins. This wine is like a cozy blanket.

There is something soothing about this powerfull wine. Dark fruits, slight toffee, and nice back-bone of elegant tannins. This wine is like a cozy blanket.

7 people found it helpfulJul 14th, 2015
Sheila Dilling

Stop hating on 2011. This is amazing.

Stop hating on 2011. This is amazing.

4 people found it helpfulFeb 12th, 2016
Eric Hwang

Powerfully good, but could still use a few more years in bottle.

Powerfully good, but could still use a few more years in bottle.

4 people found it helpfulJan 18th, 2014
Valerie Jardine Costello

My absolute favorite.

My absolute favorite.

3 people found it helpfulNov 29th, 2015
Chad Nuzum

Great big Cabernet. Hints of bacon fat and tannins in check. Yummy! Enjoying this with my lovely wife and the Snewards.

Great big Cabernet. Hints of bacon fat and tannins in check. Yummy! Enjoying this with my lovely wife and the Snewards.

3 people found it helpfulJan 12th, 2015
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Parker originally gave this 96-100
Lisa did the final at 95 points.
Jeb has it 96-99
I would put it up there with 2012 as far as the full bodied ready to go at any point whether early drinking or holding
Worth the $150.00 this time.

Parker originally gave this 96-100
Lisa did the final at 95 points.
Jeb has it 96-99
I would put it up there with 2012 as far as the full bodied ready to go at any point whether early drinking or holding
Worth the $150.00 this time.

2 people found it helpfulFeb 20th, 2019