Paul Hobbs Wines
Single Vineyards Offer
January 2019

Let’s kick off 2019 with an exclusive offer of the new single-vineyard wines produced by Paul Hobbs Wines!

 

If you don’t know Paul Hobbs, he is simply an A-list winemaker – globally sought-after. Paul’s career took off as enologist for Robert Mondavi Winery and Opus One. From there Paul took his talents to Simi Winery and then as consultant for Peter Michael, Fisher, Lewis in Napa and Catena in Argentina. He founded Paul Hobbs Wines in 1991, then Viña Cobos (Argentina) in 1999, CrossBarn (California) in 2000 and Crocus (Cahors) in 2011.

 

The Paul Hobbs single-vineyard wines celebrate some of the finest fruit available, from some of the most famous vineyards in California. His fermentations are always natural, his oak program is thoughtful, and these wines remain unfined and unfiltered. These are some of the most delicious and collectible wines coming out of California today.

 

These wines will begin arriving in spring 2019, and these prices are best-estimates at this time but are subject to change due to currency. No payment is necessary until we arrange your purchase. Prices are inclusive of taxes, exclusive of bottle deposit. Cases are limited, so we will do our best to distribute evenly. Offer closes on January 31st, 2019 or as stock allows.

 

We are excited to share that our partnership with Paul Hobbs continues to expand. From Cahors (the region in France famous for the ‘black wines’ made from Malbec) we will have Paul’s Crocus wines starting with “L’Atelier” in mid-March. In April the Vina Cobos wines from Argentina will be arriving including the “Felino” wines which offer outstanding value as well as the top Bramare and Cobos wines.

 

Please visit us on the web for more on Paul Hobbs Wines and CrossBarn. We have over 300 wines available at all times, many of which are in short supply and not available at LCBO stores. You can also call me anytime and we can ‘talk wine’, 647 955 8872 or [email protected]. I hope to hear from you.

 

Sincerely,

 

Chris

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“Richard Dinner Vineyard”

Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay 2016

$124.95 per bottle, cases of 6

6 cases available

 

Paul Hobbs has sourced Chardonnay from this small, revered hillside site since the winery’s founding in 1991. Plentiful daytime sun exposure is balanced with cooling morning and evening fog coming from the top of San Pablo Bay, to allow fruit to develop rich flavours while retaining bright acidity.

 

“The 2016 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard comes charging out of the glass with super intense grapefruit, green mango, lime leaves and lemon curd scents plus touches of baking bread, coriander seed, crushed rocks and nutmeg. Full-bodied and laden with citrus and tropical fruit layers in the mouth, the palate has wonderful tension and a compelling oiliness to the texture, finishing very long with a mineral kick. 535 cases were made. 2018-2028.”
96 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, June 2018

 

“Aromas of lemon meringue, coconut and cooked apples. A richer California style. Full-bodied, layered and intense. Flamboyant and very long. Opulent. Drink or hold.”
94 points, JamesSuckling.com, Nov 2018


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“Ellen Lane Estate”

Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2015

$129.95 per bottle, cases of 6

6 cases available

 

Ellen Lane is a 5.4 acre southwest facing hillside site that is located near Forestville in the Green Valley area. The site’s unique topography creates 2 to 30 degree slopes that resembles an amphitheater and generates a distinct microclimate where cool air can be retained during the warmer months. The Wente clones planted here come from Hyde and Hudson.

 

The Chardonnays grown here are intense and bracing. Barrel-fermented, full malolactic fermentation, aged for 15 months in French oak (58% new). Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

 

“The 2015 Chardonnay Ellen Lane Estate reveals a stunning floral nose of orange blossoms and honeysuckle over a core of peach preserves, apple pie and green mango with touches of baking bread, toasted almonds and crushed rocks. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is tightly wound of stone fruit and savoury layers with a lively line of freshness and satiny texture, finishing long and perfumed. 457 cases were made.”
94 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, June 2018

 

“This has more mango peel and peach skin with some dried jackfruit, dried rosemary and peach compote. The palate got lovely ripe, soft fruit but then a line of acidity at the back that drives things through to an oily, topical finish. Drink now or hold.”
94 points, JamesSuckling.com, Nov 2018


 

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“Edward James”

Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2015

$129.95 per bottle, cases of 6

10 cases available

 

Named in honour of Paul Hobbs’s great-grandfather, the five-acre Edward James Estate Vineyard showcases the growing conditions that make Russian River Valley AVA an optimal place to produce high-quality Chardonnay. The soil here is threaded with sandy loam and Goldridge soil, the hallmark soils in this neck of Sonoma County. This wine is amongst the best of California’s cool-climate Chardonnays.

 

“Sea salt, buttercups, dill, thyme, dried apricots, yellow apples and pear tart. The palate’s medium- to full-bodied with lots of apple fruit, runing through fine yet structured layers of phenolic tension. Electric acidity and a dried-lemon finish. So polished and refined yet intense. Drink now or hold.”
96 points, JamesSuckling.com, Nov 2018

 

“The 2015 Chardonnay Edward James Estate shows the same tropical profile it did from barrel, but over the last year the wine either seems to have become more gracious, airy and lifted in style, all of which works beautifully to play off some of the more overt elements, or the final barrel selection was more stringent than originally conceived. Exotic floral notes and white orchard fruit complement some of the richer overtones that are at the heart of the wine’s personality.”
94 points, Antonio Galloni vinous.com, April 2018

 


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“Hyde Vineyard” Carneros Pinot Noir 2016

$129.95 per bottle, cases of 6

10 cases available

 

Larry Hyde’s fruit is among the most coveted in all of California. Planting began in 1979 and today the vineyards cover 200 acres on impenetrable clay in Carneros’ cool rolling hills.

 

“Blueberry cheesecake, ash, bright licorice, orange rind, dried hibiscus and raspberry tea. Medium to full body, fine tannins, lots of tangy blue fruit, pretty acidity and a charcoal, structured finish. Drink now.”
94 points, JamesSuckling.com, May 2018

 

“Medium to deep ruby-purple coloured, the 2016 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard hits the ground running with bold earthy notes of mossy bark, tilled soil and fungi over a core of red and black cherries, cranberries and Provence herbs plus a touch of lavender. The wonderfully vibrant, medium to full-bodied palate has a fine-grained frame and compelling freshness, finishing minerally and with bags of finesse. 662 cases were made.”
93+ points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, June 2018

 


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“Katherine Lindsay Estate” Pinot Noir 2016

$139.95 per bottle, cases of 6

6 cases available

 

The crème of the crop is the 2016 Pinot Noir Katherine Lindsay Estate, a truly extraordinary Pinot Noir. From a site in the Russian River, it offers a huge perfume of ripe cherries and strawberry fruits, spices, forest floor, and exotic flowers. Deep, incredibly fine and elegant, with silky tannin, it’s much more about purity and finesse than overt power and richness. Don’t miss it!”
99 points, JebDunnuck.com, June 2018

 

“This is so compacted and exciting with gorgeous intensity and fruit. Blueberries, strawberries and light sandalwood. Full-bodied, tight and juicy. Compressed tannins. Slightly chewy. Love the finish. Try in 2020.”
96 points, JamesSuckling.com, Nov 2018

 


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“Beckstoffer Las Piedras”

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

$499.95 per bottle, cases of 3

2 cases available

 

In the 1840’s European settler Edward Bale planted this property with Mission grapes (presumably for terrible sacramental wine), it was the first vineyard planted in what is now the St. Helena appellation.

 

In 1983 Beckstoffer Vineyards purchased the property and planted it to two clones of Cabernet Sauvignon. Impressed with the quality of the gravelly soil they named it Las Piedras, which means “little pebbles”.

 

“Fabulous aromas of blue fruits and slate. Very perfumed. Full body and polished, velvety yet fine-grained tannins that are lightly austere. Love the Spanish-cedar, cigar-box, tobacco and herbal character. Wonderful finish. Fresh and savoury. Drink or hold.”
98 points, JamesSuckling.com, Jan 2017

 

“Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and displaying a deep garnet-purple colour, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard opens with pronounced crème de cassis, mocha, black forest cake and cloves over lavender, bay leaf and menthol nuances. Full-bodied, concentrated and seductive, it has a gorgeous velvety texture and plenty of freshness lifting the opulent flavours, finishing with a spices and herbs kick.”
95+ points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Oct 2017

 


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“To Kalon”

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

$699.95 per bottle, cases of 3

2 cases available

 

To Kalon is arguably the most famous vineyard in Oakville, Napa Valley. Napa pioneer Hamilton Crabb first planted it in 1868, Andy Beckstoffer purchased it from Beaulieu Vineyard in 1993.

 

Replanted in 1994 to multiple clones of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc with modern trellising and tighter vine spacing, the vineyard produces several highly coveted vineyard-designated wines.

 

“Deep purple-black in colour, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard opens with seducing notes of crushed black currants, blueberry compote and dried mulberries with hints of spice cake, sandalwood, dried roses and star anise plus a touch of smoked meats. Full-bodied, rich, ripe and densely packed, the opulent fruit is superbly framed by velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with lingering spice layers. 758 cases were made.”
98 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Dec 2017

 

“Freshly picked blackberries, ivy, dark plums, licorice, citrus and orange rind. Full-bodied with lots of fruit but it’s very tangy and nicely blended in the vibrant acidity and structured yet soft tannins. Citrusy on the finish. Drink in 2020.”
96 points, JamesSuckling.com, May 2018

 


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“Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard”

Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

$399.95 per bottle, cases of 3

10 cases available

 

Dr. George Belden Crane originally planted this vineyard in St. Helena in 1858. Beckstoffer Vineyards bought the site in 1997. The vineyard’s gravelly loam soils were replanted in 1998 to multiple clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.

 

This wine is sourced from the ‘filet’ sections of two specific blocks of the vineyard. It is a sophisticated Cabernet Sauvignon which is known for its muscular structure and intensity. It spent 20 months in 100% new French oak barrels.Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

 

“Deep garnet-purple, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr Crane Vineyard leaps from the glass with opulent crème de cassis, raspberry tart and black forest cake notions plus underlying cigar box, mocha, licorice and forest floor suggestions. Full-bodied, rich, spicy and decadently generous in the mouth, it has a firm, velvety foundation and wonderful precision, featuring an invigorating lift on the very long, multilayered and provocatively earthy finish. 815 cases were made. 2019-2045.”
99 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Dec 2017