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Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2004

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bottle image2004 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Winemaker's Notes The fruit for our third vintage of this unctuous and delightful wine was sourced primarily (73%) from our Lindsay Estate Pinot Noir Vineyard with the balance coming from the nearby Russian River Valley vineyards of Valdez, Walker Ross Branch Road and Darien. A medium red and garnet color is a striking prelude to a gorgeous, aromatic symphony of ripe dark red cherry and bergamot tea laced with a touch of tobacco and cola. A plush entry on the palate leads to rich, pure fruit flavors of plum and boysenberry in concert with underlying notes of truffle and forest floor. A silky mouth feel, medium-bodied tannins and well-integrated oak complete this composition. Aged 11 months in French oak, 53% new. Harvest Harvest Dates September 7 – 20 Harvest Brix 26.4° – 26.9° Growing Season The growing season began with warm, dry weather in March, resulting in early bud break. A long summer of even temperatures had a moderating effect, lowering yields and maximizing complexity in the fruit. Six days of heat in the first week of September increased flavor intensity and led to an early harvest. Winemaking • Hand-harvested grapes • Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts • 4-7 days cold soak, 14-24 days total maceration • Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels; 1-2 months to completion • Aged 11 months in small French oak barrels; 53% new • Unfined and unfiltered; bottled September 2005

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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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Snooth User: wenderyeh
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4.50 5
09/12/2007

we had this at 1550 Hyde in SF a few months back and it was specatcular! went with tender pork, grilled duck, and braised rabbit. would have been really nice with salmon too. it was subtle, but had breadth of flavor the texture was like a silk sheet. definitely not for those who are into big cabs and big reds, but all four of us at the table sighed at the same time when we tasted it.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

Medium red. Cherry, raspberry and tarry oak aromas lifted by a floral note. Sweet fruit nicely framed by juicy acids. Not especially complex but offers good intensity and freshness. Finishes with dusty tannins. Stephen Tanzer. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2004 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir 750ml



bottle image2004 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Winemaker's Notes The fruit for our third vintage of this unctuous and delightful wine was sourced primarily (73%) from our Lindsay Estate Pinot Noir Vineyard with the balance coming from the nearby Russian River Valley vineyards of Valdez, Walker Ross Branch Road and Darien. A medium red and garnet color is a striking prelude to a gorgeous, aromatic symphony of ripe dark red cherry and bergamot tea laced with a touch of tobacco and cola. A plush entry on the palate leads to rich, pure fruit flavors of plum and boysenberry in concert with underlying notes of truffle and forest floor. A silky mouth feel, medium-bodied tannins and well-integrated oak complete this composition. Aged 11 months in French oak, 53% new. Harvest Harvest Dates September 7 – 20 Harvest Brix 26.4° – 26.9° Growing Season The growing season began with warm, dry weather in March, resulting in early bud break. A long summer of even temperatures had a moderating effect, lowering yields and maximizing complexity in the fruit. Six days of heat in the first week of September increased flavor intensity and led to an early harvest. Winemaking • Hand-harvested grapes • Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts • 4-7 days cold soak, 14-24 days total maceration • Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels; 1-2 months to completion • Aged 11 months in small French oak barrels; 53% new • Unfined and unfiltered; bottled September 2005

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