FMW 99 Points: “The 2021 Hobel The Figure is truly a wonderful classic Cabernet that exhibits many of the qualities of this vineyard The 2021 The Figure shows off a black and dark purple hue. On the nose, you are greeted by bright aromas of black stone fruits, and a touch of cedar and tobacco leaf. There is great and bold fruit density on the luscious palette offering up black fruit – plums, cherries, boysenberries, and a whiff of dark chocolate and toasty vanilla. This youngster is nicely framed by dusty, yet silky tannins.
Winery Notes: ” Again hailing from Block 1B in the Pozzan Vineyard, this wine is true to form in 2021. Sadly, the yields were minuscule, and we bottled just over 50 cases, 50% less production than in 2019. Opening a bottle just one day after bottling, the wine showed explosive aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg followed by plum and dried strawberry. The palate is lush and dense with immense fruit. After a few days, the nose has added notes of cocoa powder, sandalwood, and pine resin. The palate still oozes fruit with hints of chocolate, brown sugar, and oak.”
Thomas Rivers Brown: “This wine is remarkably approachable for the vintage. Once again, it is also the most complete wine at release of all three bottlings. It features a mix of fruit colors and a firm acid backbone, giving the wine its initial aromatic pop and length. We are hoping for a long future with this A+ Calistoga site.”