Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Ulises Valdez Vineyard 2010

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Deep ruby in color, this complex pinot noir offers aromas of wild berries, rose petals, cola and tobacco. The silky, supple palate is brimming with raspberry, caramel fleur de sel, lavender, cardamom; all supported with a mineral backbone.

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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

External Reviews for Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Ulises Valdez Vineyard

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/30/2012

The 2010 Pinot Noir Ulises Valdez Vineyard impresses for its superb elegance and pedigree. Dark fruit, flowers, spices and licorice are some of the notes that come together in the glass. The 2010 expresses plenty of the size and volume that are typical of this site, but with more finesse, elegance and delineation than found in the 2009. Mint, licorice and flowers add nuance on the bright, high-toned finish. Anticipated maturity: 2015ndash;2025.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/03/2013

The 2010 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley is beautiful. It has a bit more depth and darker fruit than the 2009. Sweet spices, new leather and licorice are some of the notes that wrap around the finish. This is a terrific showing. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020. - Robert Parker 91-93 Points Vineyard* Properties: Bellflower, Fraenkle, Gap's Crown, Lindsay Estate, Ulises Valdez, Walker Station* Appellation: Russian River Valley* Clonal Selections: Swan, Beba, d115, 667, 777, Calera* Sites: Various sites and exposures; Sebastopol series, Goldridge yellow, sandy clay loam, red clay and coarse, gravelly, loam soils* Yields: 1.7 - 3.8 tons/acre Harvest* Harvest Dates: September 28 - October 12* Harvest Brix: 24.6 - 25.4* Growing Season: 2010 began with a wet winter and spring across Sonoma County. Summer was cool, though as harvest approached temperatures rose. Our pinot noir and chardonnay ripened fully and evenly, allowing sugars and acid to develop in balance...


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
02/24/2012

Deep ruby in color, this complex pinot noir offers aromas of wild berries, rose petals, cola and tobacco. The silky, supple palate is brimming with raspberry, caramel fleur de sel, lavender, cardamom; all supported with a mineral backbone.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/30/2012

Offers a rich medley of blackberry and raspberry, with a touch of floral and black licorice. Tightly focused and well-structured, this is long on the finish. Drink now through 2019.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
10/10/2012

Bright ruby. High-pitched aromas of raspberry, cherry-cola, allspice and rose. Silky, gently sweet and focused, with very good depth and intense, floral-accented red fruit character. Silky tannins add focus and shape. This suave wine drinks very well right now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

The 2010 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley is beautiful. It has a bit more depth and darker fruit than the 2009. Sweet spices, new leather and licorice are some of the notes that wrap around the finish. This is a terrific showing. Anticipated maturity: 2012andndash;2020.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
10/10/2012

Perfumed and supple, with rich black cherry, blackberry, floral and spice, gaining depth and nuance. Ends with tight, chewy tannins. Best to cellar. Best from 2013 through 2022.



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Deep ruby in color, this complex pinot noir offers aromas of wild berries, rose petals, cola and tobacco. The silky, supple palate is brimming with raspberry, caramel fleur de sel, lavender, cardamom; all supported with a mineral backbone.

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