2019 Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML
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DC 94 JS 94 JD 92 VN 92 WS 92 WA 91
DC 94

Decanter, June 2022

Fresh, lifted aromas of black cherry tinged with savoury black olive, liquorice and cedar. Full-bodied and plush with a dense, dark-fruited palate, sanguine minerality, blood-orange acidity and a dusting of dried herbs...
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, March 2022

Blueberries, purple fruit and lavender. Crushed stones and raspberries, too. Medium-bodied and so fresh and vivid, with creamy tannins and a really long finish. Touch of vanilla. Just delicious. Drink now.
JD 92

jebdunnuck.com, May 2022

A value-priced, entry level wine from the talents of Paul Hobbs, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon sports a vivid purple hue as well as rock-solid notes of red and black currants, candied violets, incense, and tobacco...
VN 92

Vinous, January 2022

The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) is packed with juicy dark berry fruit, mocha, chocolate and spice. This supple, racy Cabernet is another terrific wine from Crossbarn. The Napa Cabernet is quite a bit more plush...
WS 92

Wine Spectator, November 2022

A nice, extroverted wine, with a bright beam of raspberry and red currant pâte de fruit driving through, laced with energetic anise, bramble and apple wood notes along the way. Juicy energy carries through the finish...
WA 91

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2022

Almost entirely Cabernet Sauvignon from valley-floor sites, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley offers up scents of raspberries and cherries, plus hints of pencil shavings and crushed herbs. It's medium to...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Sub-appellation Napa Valley
Vintage 2019
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

Growing up on a working farm in upstate New York, Paul Hobbs experienced first-hand the influence of terroir on the character of fruit when his father had him taste apples of the same variety grown in different orchards several miles apart from one another. The diversity of flavors and textures made an impression on him and would later influence his approach to winemaking. Paul later helped his father achieve a lifelong dream of transforming some of the farm’s acreage from apples, nuts and peaches to wine grapes.

As a winemaker, Paul is highly regarded for his ability to identify exceptional vineyards, and for his pioneering spirit in working innovatively with new and historical sites and regions. His success has inspired a wealth of nicknames among the press, from quiet trendsetter to prospector to truffle-hunting dog. Initially hired by Robert Mondavi for his advanced understanding of oak aging, he was promoted to the inaugural Opus One wine-making team. Following his Mondavi experience, Paul joined Simi Winery as Winemaker before going on to consult for Peter Michael, Fisher Vineyards, Lewis Cellars, Bodegas Catena and others. He founded Paul Hobbs Winery in 1991, Vina Cobos in 1999 and continues to be a leading consultant winemaker around the globe.

CrossBarn began as just one small lot of Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2000 vintage but its popularity has inspired the introduction of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and more. With CrossBarn, Paul ventures beyond the vineyards sourced for Paul Hobbs wines while holding to his ideals of sustainable vineyard practices and gentle winemaking techniques.

Crossbarn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is produced using hand-harvested fruit from carefully selected vineyards in prime appellations in the Napa Valley—from Coombsville to Calistoga. The wine offers structure and weight in balance with pure, concentrated fruit.

A blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot, the grapes macerate and ferment for 26 days, including a 5-day cold soak. The wine is then aged in French and American oak barrels, 14% new, for 20 months.

The 2019 Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a remarkable red wine that exemplifies the best of Napa Valley. This wine showcases the expertise of renowned winemaker Paul Hobbs and is a true testament to the region's ability to produce exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon.

In the glass, this wine reveals a deep, rich red color that hints at its intensity and complexity. On the nose, the aromas are fresh and lifted, with notes of black cherry, savoury black olive, liquorice, and cedar. These aromas are complemented by a touch of dried herbs, adding depth and complexity to the bouquet.

The palate of the 2019 Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is full-bodied and plush, with a dense, dark-fruited character that is both enticing and satisfying. The sanguine minerality adds a distinct element to the wine, enhancing its overall elegance. Vibrant blood-orange acidity provides a refreshing lift to the palate, while muscular tannins provide structure and balance. The finish is long and lingering, with a sweet blueberry note that leaves a lasting impression.

Notable wine experts have praised this wine for its exceptional quality. Decanter awarded it a score of 94, describing it as having a "dusting of dried herbs, all framed by muscular tannins and finishing with a sweet blueberry note." James Suckling also gave it a score of 94, highlighting its freshness and vividness, with creamy tannins and a really long finish. Jeb Dunnuck awarded it a score of 92, noting its value and round, sexy 2019 style.

The 2019 Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine that can be enjoyed now, but also has the potential to age gracefully for 7-8 years. It pairs beautifully with rare beef or lamb, making it a versatile choice for a variety of occasions. With its exceptional quality and reasonable price, this wine is truly one of the top values in Napa Valley Cabernet.