Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Russian River Valley Crossbarn 2007
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.