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03/31/2009 05:00PM ● Published by Super Admin

2005 Crossbarn Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

When I was introduced to this Cabernet and its price points, and learned it was one of Paul Hobbs’ projects, I couldn’t help but to get excited. I have been a huge fan of his wine-making projects, which has expanded all over the world. I find its flavors and complexity far superior to anything in its price range of $40-$50. It is a brilliant dark purple and exhibits intense aromas of black currant and blackberry extract, and tannins toward the finish, resulting in a perfect balance. A lot of the same grapes are used in Paul Hobbs’ first label Cabernet, which retails in the $90 range. This 2005 release is drinkable now and likely through 2013. We have been serving this wine by the taste or glass and see its popularity with our customers growing everyday.

Bill is the wine buyer at Wine Konnection in El Dorado Hills.

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