The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is a big, tannic wine. Like all of the 2011s here, it has aged quite well. Although the tannins are pretty imposing, I would prefer to drink any remaining bottles sooner rather than later, as the fruit is starting to fade. Blackberry, chocolate, licorice and spice lead into the brooding finish. When I first tasted the 2011 years ago, I thought the tannins would eventually soften, but they really have not.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2026
Robert Parker 92
Paul Hobbs has exploited the Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard as well as anybody (with the possible exception of the Schraders), and his 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is more narrowly framed than usual, but it remains a powerful, impressive 2011. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by copious aromas of cassis, licorice, Christmas fruitcake, earth and spice. With the finest texture and sweetness of all the 2011 Hobbs cuvees, it is expansive, rich and surprisingly strong as well as long. Enjoy this beauty over the next 10-15 years. Looking at several 2012 barrel samples reinforces the true greatness of this vintage in Napa Valley. The first-growth Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard in the hands of Paul Hobbs can be magical and I had high expectations for the 2012 version. Tel. (707) 824-9879
Anticipated maturity: 2013-2028