Paul Hobbs

CrossBarn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

9.1537 ratings
9.036 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
"Odedi"

It’s time to get my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a nice one from Napa Valley.

Dark purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of black plums, black currants, coffee, oak, cedar, leather, tobacco, vanilla, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, peppercorn and pencil lead.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, tobacco leaf, espresso, cola, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This Napa Cabernet is very enjoyable by itself or with food. Showing nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Spicy and rich.

Needs a couple of hours to open up and show the tannins, but tasty right out of the bottle.

Robert Parker 91 points. Wine Enthusiasts 87 Points.

This 5 year old is drinking very nicely now and will get better in the next 5 years.

I sipped on it all by itself. Delicious.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$50.

It’s time to get my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a nice one from Napa Valley.

Dark purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of black plums, black currants, coffee, oak, cedar, leather, tobacco, vanilla, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, peppercorn and pencil lead.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, vanilla, spices, tobacco leaf, espresso, cola, light vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This Napa Cabernet is very enjoyable by itself or with food. Showing nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Spicy and rich.

Needs a couple of hours to open up and show the tannins, but tasty right out of the bottle.

Robert Parker 91 points. Wine Enthusiasts 87 Points.

This 5 year old is drinking very nicely now and will get better in the next 5 years.

I sipped on it all by itself. Delicious.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$50.

Mar 13th, 2020
"Odedi"

It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious one.

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, cherries, cedar, leather, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, peppercorn, mocha and coffee.

Full bodied, bold and smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, light herbs, mocha, coke and light earth.

Medium finish with fine tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very tasty Napa Cabernet based Bordeaux blend. Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food.

Showing nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Very typical for a Napa Cabernet with lots of cedar and vanilla flavors.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up. Will get better in the next 5 to 10 years.

I had it all by itself. Great wine from a great vintage. Yummy and delicious.

A blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$55.

It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious one.

Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, cherries, cedar, leather, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, peppercorn, mocha and coffee.

Full bodied, bold and smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, light herbs, mocha, coke and light earth.

Medium finish with fine tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very tasty Napa Cabernet based Bordeaux blend. Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food.

Showing nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Very typical for a Napa Cabernet with lots of cedar and vanilla flavors.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up. Will get better in the next 5 to 10 years.

I had it all by itself. Great wine from a great vintage. Yummy and delicious.

A blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$55.

Sep 27th, 2019
Lyn Farmer

Deep ruby, with pronounced aromas of cassis, violet, blackberry - this is classic Napa Cab. Ripe tannins, good acidity, great length and very satisfying

Deep ruby, with pronounced aromas of cassis, violet, blackberry - this is classic Napa Cab. Ripe tannins, good acidity, great length and very satisfying

Aug 21st, 2018
Tim Servold

Balance and structure. Not overly ripe, good acid to balance the fruit. A little over priced. At $25 this would be an outstanding wine.

Balance and structure. Not overly ripe, good acid to balance the fruit. A little over priced. At $25 this would be an outstanding wine.

2 people found it helpfulJan 4th, 2015
Sean Edwards

Robust nose with oak up front. Decanting leafs to a firm palate with nice oak and red fruit on the palate. Loooooong finish. Tons of aging potential. Love this wine.

Robust nose with oak up front. Decanting leafs to a firm palate with nice oak and red fruit on the palate. Loooooong finish. Tons of aging potential. Love this wine.

2 people found it helpfulApr 21st, 2013
Amit Shah

Amit had this 4 years ago

Amit had this 4 years ago

1 person found it helpfulJun 17th, 2016
Shil Kothari

Nice balance of acid and fruit. Dark red bordering black indicative of 2012 napa fruit. Low acid, rounded tannins, great fruit (dried berries) Tabacco notes and no green notes.

Nice balance of acid and fruit. Dark red bordering black indicative of 2012 napa fruit. Low acid, rounded tannins, great fruit (dried berries) Tabacco notes and no green notes.

1 person found it helpfulJan 17th, 2015
John Faulkner

I was hoping that the 2012 hoopla would shine thru with this wine. It's a well made wine with everything in place - fruit forward, oak, leather and hints of earth. But it was thin & because of that, it did not reveal much layering or complexity. Even after an hour or two, not much improved. It left me without that "yearning for more" feeling especially at it's price point.

I was hoping that the 2012 hoopla would shine thru with this wine. It's a well made wine with everything in place - fruit forward, oak, leather and hints of earth. But it was thin & because of that, it did not reveal much layering or complexity. Even after an hour or two, not much improved. It left me without that "yearning for more" feeling especially at it's price point.

1 person found it helpfulNov 7th, 2014
Erich Broksas

Early Mountain Vineyards

9.2

Love Paul's wines. Always well done.

Love Paul's wines. Always well done.

1 person found it helpfulMar 2nd, 2014
Sipping Fine Wine

Paul Hobbs, once hired by Robert Mondavi for his advanced understanding of oak aging, soon he was making the inaugural Opus One vintage. Paul then went on to start Paul Hobbs Winery in 1991. Crossbarn is Paul Hobbs least expensive entry but a great value. Dark Ruby with aromas of dark fruits and sweet herb notes. On the palate blackberry, currants and sweet plum flavors with hints of espresso and cacao. Smooth tannins, bright acidity, well balanced with nice mouthfeel give way to a lingering finish. Tastes great now but still has some years to run.

Paul Hobbs, once hired by Robert Mondavi for his advanced understanding of oak aging, soon he was making the inaugural Opus One vintage. Paul then went on to start Paul Hobbs Winery in 1991. Crossbarn is Paul Hobbs least expensive entry but a great value. Dark Ruby with aromas of dark fruits and sweet herb notes. On the palate blackberry, currants and sweet plum flavors with hints of espresso and cacao. Smooth tannins, bright acidity, well balanced with nice mouthfeel give way to a lingering finish. Tastes great now but still has some years to run.

Nov 15th, 2016