The short-list of the world’s top consulting winemakers is incredibly small, and many would argue that Paul Hobbs should be at the top. His wines are made in a style that’s as captivating as they are balanced, and even the most full-bodied and extracted reds that he crafts have an element of elegance throughout.  Forbes dubbed him the Steve Jobs of wine and Paul Hobbs was twice named Wine Personality of the Year by Robert Parker. His wines regularly earn scores so high that everybody is after them… Paul’s Midas touch is highly-evident in Sixteen by Twenty’s Napa Cabernet, where he’s the consulting winemaker.  The wine has a monstrous core that’s flowing with cascading layers of focused dark fruits, intense spices and toasted oak.

The 2016 was painted from two vineyards; The winery’s Estate Vineyard located at the base of Mount Veeder, and one of Knight’s Valley’s most iconic vineyards which has gone into Beringer’s Knights Valley Reserve Cabernet for years. The wine was kept for around 20 months in French oak barrels, and now with a couple years in the bottle, the 2015 is powerful, elegant and strikingly complex.  Cabernet fans have a lot to be thankful for with this one…



Winery Notes: “The 2015 Cabernets showed well from the start and all through two years of barrel aging… Dark nose, dark, thick, black and red cherry with sweet mixed berries, currants and plum…none of these fruits dominates the other; its just a delightful mix of complexity. Lacquered anise and a tiny nuance of cinnamon toast add to the intrigue. Something about the intense aroma of this wine evokes a primal quest for meat, fire and shelter. There is a pleasing generous feel to this medium weight Cabernet that possesses firm, bracing, toasty oak tinged tannins. The brooding dark fruit marries well with these tannins. There is an intriguing dense, compressed, cool, feel to this wine that flavor wise is dominated by black currant and black cherry flavors with deep smoky anise and hints of bacon fat. The feel is there, the stuffing is there, the complexity of black fruits and dark flavors are there. Intense yes, but approachable. Intense and sauvage yet elegant. It all adds up to another 16×20 Cabernet that is complex, focused and balanced…”

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