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.
“A delicious, bright and fruity white with sliced-apple and honey character. Medium body. Crisp acidity to the lovely fruit. Subtle and clean. Drink now.”
92 points, JamesSuckling.com, Feb 2020
“The 2018 Chardonnay from Crossbarn is … bottled early to preserve a clean, crisp style. It has an inviting nose of Red Delicious apples, warm hay, clover honey, saline and crushed shell with loads of warm stone fruits and a toasty note. Light to medium-bodied, it struts the line between fresh citrus and savoury character, finishing lifted and refreshing, with a touch of texture.”
90 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Dec 2019
“The 2018 Chardonnay is an absolutely delicious, affordable wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. Citrus, floral and green orchard fruit notes are nicely lifted in this very pretty, energetic Chardonnay.”
90 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Jan 2020
“The 2018 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast has a bright, exuberant bouquet of tropical fruits and citrus to go with a medium-bodied, juicy, elegant style on the palate. With good fruit, bright acidity, and a clean finish, it’s well worth its going rate.”
90 points, Jeb Dunnuck, May 2020