Paul Hobbs’s Russian River Chardonnay brings together fruit from some of the area’s most prestigious vineyards, vineyards planted in the valley’s unique weathered sandstone soil. Highlighting the best characteristics of the region, this Chardonnay is a real beauty in the glass: pearlescent pale straw, with lifted aromas of citrus, chamomile tea, and a whole meadow of yellow flowers. The richly-textured palate is layered with white fruit and brioche, and the long finish closes with a hint of minerality.
Harvested at night in early September, when fruit is cool and flavours are fresh, grapes were whole-cluster pressed while still cold from the field. Following a long, slow barrel ferment and complete, spontaneous malolactic ferment by indigenous yeast, the wine matured 12 months in French oak (50% new) and four months in stainless steel. Fine lees were stirred bi-weekly, introducing rich texture and beautiful bakery aromatics. The finished wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
“The 2017 Chardonnay has a wonderful perfume of apple pie and grated nutmeg with notes of wet hay, honeycomb, cheese rind and peach cobbler plus touches of crushed stone, mushroom and wet bark. The palate is medium to full-bodied, rounded and silky with intense, savoury flavour layers and bright acidity kicking in on long the finish. 5,964 cases produced.”
92 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Dec 2019
“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.”
91 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019