Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Las Piedras Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Wine SpectatorBuilt around roasted coffee, crushed rock, dried currant, mocha and cedar, this packs in a lot of flavors. Well-proportioned and tannic to the point of being chewy, with flavors spilling out on the finish. Best from 2014 through 2025.
International Wine CellarHigh-pitched aromas of red- and blackcurrant, Indian spices and potpourri, with hint of vanilla lending depth. Bright and focused on the palate, offering intense dark berry and bitter cherry flavors that expand and gain sweetness with air. Soft tannins come on late and add shape to the very long, spicy, seamless finish.
Wine EnthusiastThis hovers on the verge of overripeness, with a hint of raisin, but it wisely pulls back at the last second into a luscious fortress of blackberry, cassis, chocolate and sweet smoky oak. So smooth and luxurious on the palate, the texture dazzles, despite some heat. The all-important tannins are nearly perfect. Drink now-2016, especially with steak.