Wine Advocate 92
"Lovers of Cabernet Franc are in for a real treat with the release of this newcomer produced by Paul Hobbs under his CrossBarn label. In fact, the 2014 Cabernet Franc comes from a single Moon Mountain vineyard, with a small inclusion of Cabernet Sauvignon (9%) coming from another site. Deep garnet-purple colored, it is scented of crushed red currants, black raspberries, cherries and mulberries with hints of wild thyme, pencil shavings, sandalwood and dusty earth. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm grip of chewy tannins and racy acid supporting the generous red and black fruit, finishing with lingering earthy notes. Only 364 cases were made."
The Cabernet Franc from the slopes of the Moon Mountain appellation, has a distinctively deep violet hue and opaque core. Dulcet aromas of vanilla bean, ripe Brooks cherry, wild blueberry, thyme, and sage emerge from the glass, setting the stage for the vibrant palate to follow. Polished layers of juicy fraise des bois, raspberry, and red currant are accented by notes of sea salt, sage, and lavender. Firm tannins and vibrant acidity establish structure, evident throughout the wine’s long, silky finish.