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 Chardonnay from the cool Sonoma Coast.
Produced using hand-harvested fruit from carefully selected vineyards within the Sonoma Coast appellation, CrossBarn Chardonnay balances structure and weight in balance with pure, concentrated fruit. Bunches were whole-cluster pressed, and juice was fermented by native yeast, 92% in stainless steel, 8% in oak. Following five months maturation sur lie with weekly bâtonnage, the wine was bottled unfined, with minimal sulfur added.
Brilliant straw yellow with a faint green hue and enticing aromas of white flowers, pear, and wet stone, this Chardonnay showcases the fresh, bright essence of the Sonoma Coast appellation. Flavours of citrus, honeysuckle, and sea salt ease into a long, crisp finish with bracing acidity and pretty minerality.
“The 2017 Chardonnay is quite lush in this vintage, with a bit more textural depth and richness than is the norm. Apricot, peach, wild flowers, butter and touch of tropical inflections are some of the signatures in this racy, open-knit Chardonnay from Paul Hobbs’ Crossbarn label. 2019-2025.”
91 points, Antonio Galloni vinous.com, May 2019
“The 2017 Chardonnay opens with exuberant green guava, warm peaches and pineapple notions with touches of almond croissant and acacia honey. Medium to full-bodied, the concentrated palate is packed with tropical and stone fruit flavors with a pleasant oiliness to the texture and a long savory finish.”
91 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, June 2018
“A mostly stainless-steel fermented effort, this wine succeeds in floral, earthy, robust and richly layered richness, teasing caramel and vanilla crème brûlée out of the glass. With full-bodied oomph, it tingles in an underlying thread of stony mineral.”
90 points + Editor’s Choice, Wine Enthusiast, Nov 2018