2018 Paul Hobbs
Russian River Valley
Paul Hobbs has built his winery’s portfolio from the ground up on a foundation of strong, collaborative relationships with the growers of some of Napa’s and Sonoma’s most historic properties. Minimally invasive winemaking techniques is his approach for producing wines that express their vineyard origins with utmost finesse, complexity and authenticity.
Initially hired by Robert Mondavi for his advanced understanding of oak aging, Paul was soon promoted to the inaugural Opus One winemaking team. Afterwards, Paul joined Simi Winery as winemaker before going on to consult for Peter Michael and Lewis Cellars. He continues to be a leading source of information on viticulture and advisor to winemaking around the globe. During this time, nearly 30 years ago, Paul had a vision to craft vineyard designated wines from compelling sites in California. As so the adventure began with the debut release of the 1991 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 2018 Russian River Valley Chardonnay from Paul Hobbs leads off with a pearlized golden hue in the glass. The nose has a bouquet of caramelized pineapple, orange peel, honeysuckle, spicy notes and there is a hint of toasted almonds. The palate is rich, layered that carries some weight but still has incredible balance. This gorgeous chardonnay finishes with acidity that is vibrant, has freshness and long. An amazing Russian River Valley Chardonnay.
By Perry Miroballi