Paul Hobbs CrossBarn (Cabernet Sauvignon) Napa Valley 2013

Another new addition to RARE Italian Restaurant’s wine list recently is a Cabernet Sauvignon from CrossBarn by Paul Hobbs in Napa Valley.  Launched in 2000, CrossBarn is Paul Hobbs’ second winery – in addition to The Paul Hobbs Winery – that focuses on creating “approachably delicious wines at lower prices,” as noted on an article from The Press Democrat, a local paper covering the region where Hobbs’ wineries are located.

With a deep red color, this Cab is smooth and supple, with “rich, savory flavors that coast the mouth entirely and continuously.”  Made with night-harvested grapes in Napa Valley, this CrossBarn Cab is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot.  After 20 months of aging in French and American oak barrels, it delivers flavors or peak-ripe, plums, wild berries, thyme, clove and vanillin, as described on the CrossBarn Winery website.

Like most Cabernet’s, this pairs well with meat and aged-cheeses – we think this would pair fantastically with RARE’s Braised Beef or our house-made cheeses. Try for yourself and let us know what you think!

FUN FACT:  The name, “CrossBarn,” comes from central barn and gathering place on Paul Hobbs’ family farm in upstate New York.  Coming from a family with 10 siblings, Hobbs’ family barn was a personal landmark.

RARE Italian Restaurant is located in Fort Collins, CO in the heart of Old Town. We are proud to offer local, fresh ingredients and are committed to seasonality.  We offer the best steaks in Northern Colorado, with an extensive wine list of 60+ wines in-house.