Fans of California Cabernet Sauvignon have much to be excited about these days. Thanks to a successful buying trip over the summer, the shelves at ABC are stocked full of one gem after another. Two of these come from a couple of the most well-known names in Napa Valley Cabernet: Hobbs and Venge.
If you’ve been drinking Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon over the years, you’re probably familiar with Groth vineyards. In the late 80s, their 1985 reserve Cabernet became the first wine from California to be rewarded a perfect 100 point score from Robert Parker. The winemaker? Nils Venge. Nils went on to start his own winery, and today his son, Kirk, has picked up where his father left off and produces stunning wines. ABC received a small allocation of Kirk’s Silencieux Napa Valley Cabernet, blended from six top vineyard sites in Napa Valley.
Paul Hobbs got his start at Robert Mondavi winery, where he was hired for his expertise on oak aging wines. From there, he made wine at Opus One and Simi before starting his own winery in 1991. Since then, Hobbs has been recognized as an expert for being able to identify plots of vineyard land suited to specific varietals. His Napa Valley Cabernet bottlings stand as some of the world’s best and he has the accolades to prove it. ABC currently stocks his 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon in select stores. Like the Venge, it is a blend of six different vineyards and was rated 93 points by Robert Parker.
Run–don’t walk–to your closest ABC store and look for these gems before they are gone. ABC didn’t get much, and neither of these will last long.
Cheers and thank you for reading.
Dave Malone, Wine & Spirits Sales Manager
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