Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer To Kalon 2001 1.5L
2001 Hobbs - Wine Advocate #150 - Dec 2003: A compelling, potentially legendary effort, there are 896 cases of the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Vineyard To-Kalon. An inky/purple color is accompanied by a classic Cabernet nose of tobacco smoke, creme de cassis, licorice, and lead pencil. It boasts massive body, great purity, loads of intensity as well as concentration, and a nectar-like unctuosity on the mid-palate and finish. This tannic, unevolved baby tastes like a California version of a Pauillac first-growth. Its that special Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030. I visited Paul Hobbs at his new winery, which should give him greater ability and flexibility to exploit some of northern Californias finest vineyards. Hobbs, one of my favorite winemakers, has an impressive resume, having worked at some of the better northern California wineries. He continues to work for some of the better South American producers. His 2001s and 2002s represent his finest portfolio yet. In spite of his affable, down-to-earth personality, this guy is clearly driven, and gives meticulous thought to every decision he makes. His wines are the result of a winemaking philosophy that includes only indigenous yeasts for fermentation, full malolactic for whites and reds, and no clarification ... meaning no fining or filtration. Hobbs has culled out some of northern Californias great sites for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. I suppose it is only a matter of time before he turns his attention to Syrah, which seems like a natural progression given what he has already accomplished.