2/17/2009 rated 92 points: 2005 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Mountain (2/17/2009)TN:Paul ... Read more
Elegant from start to finish, this chard gets high marks on all sides. The fruit is ripe and all over the place: green apple, pineapple and pear s... Read more
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 sc... Read more
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2/17/2009 rated 92 points: 2005 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Mountain (2/17/2009)TN:Paul Hobbs 2005 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard (Sonoma Mountain, California). Sebastopol, CA. 14.7 pabv; $NA/750 ml; www.paulhobbs.com; 707-824-9879; Apparently purchased online from www.NapaCabs.com, Chino, CA.; received as a gift from RR during the Labor Day, 2008 pig ‘n corn roast in Evansville, Indiana. Double-decanted and tasted over 72 hours. Cork-finished in a very heavy bottle.Deep, almost brownish straw-copper showing intense sheeting in the glass. Fairly weighty mouthfeel, with lots of energy in front. At first this wine is all about wood–sawdust, coumarin, vanillins, with a fat,somewhat banana-like tropicality in the fruit, but there is a wet-stones, wet-sand impression that one could miss due to all the oak. No mistaking the winemaker’s love for ripest Chardonnay here, but something else is going on. In addition, there is a somewhat lactic note to the wine at first, but this integrates after a while.On entry this wine is a tale of up-front energy–dancing on the tongue, playing with sensations of vanilla, fruits, and nuts, perceived through its firm, nearly heavy mouth feel. Cannot think but that this was barrel-fermented and then given a good lashing of as much oak as it would stand, and a thoroughgoing malolactic. There’s some more wet-minerals effect here, underlain by ripe tartaric acidity (if I don't miss my bet it didn't come out of a bottle), and almost hinting at mild red pepper. It soon begins to coat the mouth with its tingling energy, as I said above, which becomes a rather impressive if not perhaps a little obvious finish, modulated by wood tannin. A take-no-prisoners package of power and muscle and fruit and wood.However, kudos to the winemaker for capturing a genuine sense of place in this Sonoma Mountain wine. There is actually a little Chablis here, not the gunflint note but certainly nice impressions of stone and cold night air of the mountain. I believe this wine would have been easier to pull off if the oak had been more discreet. But because that’s a stylistic element, and the wine really does show nice balance and terroir expression, it deserves an excellent score, though it’s not to my own Europe-trained palate. It will improve with age over the next 2-3 years, and then who knows? It definitely got itself together during the three days I watched it. (92 pts.) (7 views)Was a delightful match with the Amish melted butter and large king crab legs that Barbara and I devoured of a Valentine's day, watched by a pot of roses, a Teddy bear, and a balloon which says: 'My Favorite Teacher'.
Elegant from start to finish, this chard gets high marks on all sides. The fruit is ripe and all over the place: green apple, pineapple and pear showcase the best of the Russian River. The body is silky and round with a perfect acidity that makes it lively, yummy and a perfect food matchign wine. The oak is totally integrated and plays a very soft note in the background. Balance, complexity, yummy factor... this is just a great chardonnay.
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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.
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.
A notably rich, buttery, smoky style, with a high toasty oak character and an abundance of ripe pear, hazelnut and hints of citrus and fig. Fans of this woody style will find it especially appealing for its layered complexity and depth. Drink now.
A rich, unctuous style, with smooth, concentrated pear, smoke, citrus and hazelnut flavors that turn silky, finishing with an engaging smoked nut edge. Drink now through 2008.
Winemaker Paul Hobbs founded his own label in 1991 and has built a solid portfolio of wines from grapes grown in Napa, Carneros and Russian River Valley. Though Hobbs typically focuses on small-lot, vineyard-designated wines, this Chardonnay combines grapes from the Dutton, O'Connor and Slusser vineyards in Russian River Valley.
The elegant 2004 Chardonnay Russian River offers up notions of citrus oil and white peaches in a medium-bodied, refreshing style with great fruit as well as subtle wood. Drink it over the next 2-3 years.
The only blended Chardonnay made by Hobbs, sourced from four vineyards in the cooler, southern portion of the Russian River Valley. Pale yellow with a slight opalescence; the aromatics reveal citrus and crème brûlée with a hint of roasted coffee. The palate displays rich flavors of sautéed fig, apple, and nectarine with just a touch of spearmint. An underlying and intriguing minerality component adds beauty and complexity. Well-balanced and focused, and complemented by a lengthy finish.
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