25 Nov Wine Wednesday: CrossBarn by Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 ($50)
“Dense ruby/purple with plenty of blackcurrant fruit and sweet tannin, this may well turn out to be the modern-day version of the 1974 Souverain Vintage Selection that I raved about when it was under $10 and the wine is still going strong 40 years later.” – Robert Parker
Wine Ratings & Awards:
Decanter World Wines Bronze Medal – 2015
Robert Parker – 90 Points – 2014
THEGRAPE Certified Gold Medal – 2014
Best Red Wines Under $50 – 2015
Best Red Wines of the Year – 2014
“Farm life instills in one a deep sense of respect for family, a love of land and the joys of collaborative effort. Our CrossBarn wines are a reflection of these ideals and of our commitment to sustainable vineyard practices and gentle winemaking techniques. The “cross barn” was nestled in the middle of our one hundred fifty year old family farm in upstate New York. A favorite haunt for my siblings and me, it took on a life of its own and remains in our memories as a place of great mystery and adventure. “ – Paul Hobbs
The revered, 2012 CrossBarn Cabernet Sauvignon gushes with a beautiful dark ruby hue and exudes aromatic fragrances of dark cherries, ripe blueberries, anise and fresh lavender. Enjoy the medley of flavors. Boysenberry, currants, violets, clove and cocoa all intermingle with grace. The tannins are sweet and smooth; a deliciously balanced wine with acidity that brightens and works up to a lengthy finish.
Robert Parker gave the following review, “Hobbs’ least expensive wine and an excellent value is called Crossbarn, and the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Crossbarn is a beautifully put together wine that transcends its rather humble origins. Dense ruby/purple with plenty of blackcurrant fruit and sweet tannin, this may well turn out to be the modern-day version of the 1974 Souverain Vintage Selection that I raved about when it was under $10 and the wine is still going strong 40 years later. Of course, the joy of this is to drink it early on, but there is plenty of stuffing and classic Cabernet character, so there’s no hurry. I wouldn’t be surprised in 20 years’ time to see somebody pull out a bottle that would prove a revelation in quality.”
Enjoy at your leisure or store for another five to ten years. We also recommend pairing this wine with these meals: potato sausage casserole, lamb chops with smoky Aubergine (also known as, Eggplant) salad or grilled steak with herb butter. Another simple yet delicious recipe are the Seattle vegetarian hot dogs – all are delicious and pair very well with this wine.
Wine Region: Napa Valley, California
Wine Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon
Style: Full-bodied, Complex & Smooth
Drinks Like: Roberts & Rogers Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Louer Family 2012 ($65), Barnett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 ($75)
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Unforgettable is how I describe the 2012 CrossBarn Cabernet Sauvignon by Paul Hobbs. Not because of Robert Parker’s review, but because of my own experience. If you’re looking for a bottle to splurge on, this is it. The perfect winter wine, guaranteed to satisfy your palate and keep you warm throughout the night. This lush red wine packs a tsunami of flavors. Enjoy black cherry, dark wild berries and spices with notes of dried herbs, and currant infused with a floral accent. Save and store a bottle of this Gold Certified wine for another 5 to 10 plus years. If you’re a collector buy more than one bottle. You won’t regret it!