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Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Russian River Valley Crossbarn 2007

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91 points Josh Raynolds (IWC): Greenish gold. Complex bouquet of Meyer lemon, tangerine, pear and iodine, with a suave floral overlay. Juicy, mineral-driven citrus and orchard fruit flavors provide impressive palate coverage and carry no excess weight. Gains in richness with air and finishes with excellent clarity and mineral cut. This could pass for a Puligny. (5/09)

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Paul Hobbs Winery:
Paul Hobbs Winery sprouted from the passion of one man: Paul Hobbs. Paul wasn’t satisfied just becoming Head Enologist of Robert Mondavi’s Opus One in 1981, or becoming Vice-President/Winemaker of Simi Winery in 1989. No, he wanted to create his very own grapes, on his own land. This passion led to the creation of Paul Hobbs Winery in 1991. Focused in the Russian River Valley, eac... Read more
Paul Hobbs Winery sprouted from the passion of one man: Paul Hobbs. Paul wasn’t satisfied just becoming Head Enologist of Robert Mondavi’s Opus One in 1981, or becoming Vice-President/Winemaker of Simi Winery in 1989. No, he wanted to create his very own grapes, on his own land. This passion led to the creation of Paul Hobbs Winery in 1991. Focused in the Russian River Valley, each harvest is meticulously captured so as to extract the very best from each grape. This passion started with only three wines in the winery’s repertoire: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon, but the winery quickly grew to produce over a dozen wines. Today, Paul Hobbs still consults other wineries around the globe, including wineries in Chile, Argentina, and Hungary. Read less
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Member Reviews for Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Russian River Valley Crossbarn

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Snooth User: jkagel
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4.50 5
11/24/2009

Excellent golden color with a subtle haze. Scents of pear and honey. Flavors of pear and and hints of melon but only modestly sweet on the mid-palette with just a touch of honey towards the finish. Crisp and well balanced.


Snooth User: corinshephard
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5.00 5
06/01/2011

Five glasses


External Reviews for Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Russian River Valley Crossbarn

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Fresh hazelnut, fig, apricot and melon aromas lead to similarly rich and well-centered fruit flavors, turning buttery with hints of smoke, anise and gunmetal. Drink now through 2006.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

You won't find many Chardonnays in this class. Ultrarich and multidimensional, with a fabulous array of creamy flavors built around a core of fig, apricot, creme brulee and roasted marshmallows. Full-bodied, yet elegant and concentrated, it weaves the tapestry of flavors to a long, rich, graceful finish. Drink now through 2009.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

One of the best buys in the Chardonnay portfolio is the 2000 Chardonnay Russian River. Floral, honeysuckle, and tropical fruit characteristics along with good underlying acidity are found in this pure, steely, elegant effort. Enjoy this tropical fruit-dominated 2000 during its first 2-3 years of life.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

More structure, acidity, and delineation are present in the 2002 Chardonnay Russian River. While it does not appear to possess as intense fruit as the 2001, it is still evolving. There is no doubting the impressive honeysuckle, peach-like notes.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

The 2003 Chardonnay Russian River (2,167 cases) has the green chlorophyll nuance to the light straw color. Honeyed grapefruit, citrus, and lemon zest are present in this medium-bodied, fruit-driven, ripe, and intriguing Chardonnay which seems to keep the oak well-hidden in the background. It is Chablisean in its personality. Drink it over the next 2-3 years.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

The gorgeous 2003 Chardonnay Russian River spent 10 months in 55% new French oak and 45% neutral wood. Its light green/gold color is followed by scents of orange blossoms, marmalade, pineapples, and honeysuckle. This full-bodied, attractive Chardonnay is a treat to drink.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Subtle, leesy aromas of apple pie, cinnamon and nutmeg. Dense, rich and concentrated, with ripe, pliant flavors of Bosc pear, apple and spicy oak. Not hugely complex but offers attractive, plump fruit and very good length. Full but not heavy.


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91 points Josh Raynolds (IWC): Greenish gold. Complex bouquet of Meyer lemon, tangerine, pear and iodine, with a suave floral overlay. Juicy, mineral-driven citrus and orchard fruit flavors provide impressive palate coverage and carry no excess weight. Gains in richness with air and finishes with excellent clarity and mineral cut. This could pass for a Puligny. (5/09)

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