Nestled near the peak of Howell Mountain, perched high above the fog line of the Napa Valley, the Forman family farms a distinctive volcanic 43-acre estate, with 20 unique blocks, to craft exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon, just as generations have before them. With the knowledge of farming, viticulture, & winemaking, handed down from over three generations and two iconic families, their commitment and passion is unparalleled. Drawing from weekends of cellar work as children and pruning lessons of their youth by legendary fathers, Ric Forman and Bill Pauli, Tobias Forman and Dawn Pauli-Forman approach each vintage with intense diligence in the vineyard, profound wisdom yet natural talent in the cellar, exhibiting the culmination of knowledge of generations past with each step. Dawn and Toby are thrilled to offer the fruits of their labor each year in their Cabernet Sauvignon, TOBIAS.
Tobias 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon “Pauli Vineyard”
Howell Mountain, Napa Valley
Vinous 96 points: “The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Pauli Vineyard is impressive. Dark and potent in the glass, the 2018 captures all the character of Howell Mountain in its impressive presence. Black cherry, gravel, smoke, cedar, tobacco and licorice infuse the 2018 with so much character. Far from an easygoing 2018, the Pauli is going to need at least a few years to unwind.”
WE 96 Points: “A 100% varietal wine that beautifully captures the stellar vintage and appellation, this wine opens in voluptuous berry aromatics, with seasonings of clove, nutmeg, sage, cedar and cigar box. Elongated tannins substantiate the length and breadth, firming its structure and complexity. Enjoy best from 2028–2033”
Winemaker Notes: “Dramatically dark and dense color clings to the glass with each swirl… intense and alluring aromas of black cherry and black currants waft from the glass. On the palate, expressive and expansive crushed rock, lively floral notes, cigar box, cedar, and savory spice wrap the powerful and dense fruit. Intertwined and structured, the rugged and youthful tannins showcase the power of vintage and the vineyard. This 100% single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon shows the power and future of the Pauli Howell Mountain Vineyard Estate with its robust tannins, intense fruit, unparalleled structure, and complexity.”
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