Located in the heart of the Sonoma Coast, CrossBarn is an innovative winery led by renowned winemaker Paul Hobbs. Dedicated to crafting wines of stunning quality and exceptional value, his approach combines sustainable vineyard practices and traditional technique. These sophisticated yet approachable wines focus on the expression of California’s most celebrated AVA’s, including the cool Sonoma Coast for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Produced using hand-harvested Pinot from select vineyards within the Sonoma Coast appellation, this wine balances structure and weight with pure, concentrated fruit flavours. Grapes were fermented in stainless steel by native yeast, largely de-stemmed berries with some whole bunches. Following ten months maturation sur lie in oak (10% new), the wine was bottled unfined, with minimal sulfur added. The release possesses great site specificity and depth.
This is a smart, alluring Pinot that highlights the unique terroir of the Sonoma Coast. The Coast is one of California’s wild places, where vineyards lie on fog-washed hillsides open to salty ocean breezes. The 2016 vintage is elegant and energetic, brilliant ruby in colour with red cherry and violet on the nose. The palate is rounded and generous, with red fruit, bergamot, and fine-grained tannins that lead to a long, savoury finish.
“The fruit pops out here with lots of crushed-strawberry and floral character. Full-bodied yet bright and focused. Hints of vanilla, fruit and cream. Flavorful finish. Drink now and enjoy.”
92 points, JamesSuckling.com, May 2018
“The 2016 Pinot Noir is a gorgeous wine. Intensely floral, spiced aromatics and burst of red/purplish berry accents run through this super-expressive, nuanced Pinot Noir. Medium in body, fragrant and absolutely impeccable in its balance, the 2016 has so much to give. 2019-2028.”
92 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019
“Medium to deep ruby-purple coloured, the 2016 Pinot Noir offers lovely baked raspberries, black cherries and mulberries notes with touches of chocolate box, earth, menthol and dried herbs with a waft of violets. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with red and black berries flavours plus earthy/herbal undertones and a plush frame, finishing with great freshness. 13,940 cases were made.”
91 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, June 2018