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Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Russian River Valley Ritchie Vineyard 2005

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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'.

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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 Ritchie Vineyard

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Snooth User: Sweetstuff
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4.00 5
04/10/2009

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'.


Snooth User: hipergas
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5.00 5
06/05/2008

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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Snooth User: westsideblaze
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3.50 5
08/03/2008

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Russian River Valley Ritchie Vineyard

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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The 1998 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard is full-bodied, with a less ostentatious personality, restrained flavors, a liquid minerality a tightly-knit structure (because of good acidity), and a large, pure, ripe mouthfeel, it should improve over the next year, and last for 4-5.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Intense, rich and focused, with layers of fig, anise, apricot, earth and citrus, finishing with a broad, supple texture. Drink now through 2004.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Fruit aromas overwhelmed by oak. Smooth and layered in the mouth, with exotic flavors of tropical fruits, coconut and strong oak. Finishes with decent length.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Exhibits a light gold color in addition to a boldly flavored bouquet of buttered citrus intermixed with honeyed lemons, smoke, spice and earth. Full-bodied and structured, it should last for 7-8 years.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The 2000 Richard Dinner Vineyard exhibits copious quantities of tropical fruit, honeyed lemons, citrus, and spicy oak in the background. Drink this bold, full-flavored Chardonnay during its first several years of life.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Wonderful harmony, richness and balance, with ripe, complex fig, anise and apricot flavors. Shows a deft hand with toasty oak, too, giving it a creamy texture. Long, flavorful finish. Drink now through 2007.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

A delicious mouthful of Chardonnay, ripe, lush, rich and full-bodied, with layers of fig, nectarine, pear, hazelnut and just a light touch of toasty oak. Finishes in a long, luxuriant aftertaste. Drink now through 2005.


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