napa valley

When the New World Produces Classics

The Napa Valley does not have, nor will it ever have, as long and rich a history as the great wine houses of Europe. In my mind, though, the finest wines being made in the Napa Valley are as prized as those of its finest European brethren.

HOBBS: A Culmination and Continuation

To dedicate oneself to winemaking is to potentially have walked into a life-long vocation. It is impossible to master wine in one’s lifetime; a seemingly countless number of grape varieties, an infinite number of potential winegrowing sites, unimaginable terroirs that have yet to be discovered; the opportunities are endless. And, yet, since I started working with cabernet sauvignon in 1978, I felt that I might someday gain a deep understanding of this variety and how it expresses itself in the Napa Valley.