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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 2020 Chardonnay has a detailed, pretty perfume of white peaches and quince, with touches of lemongrass, green herbs and white flowers. The medium-bodied palate is satiny and fragrant, with a supporting streak of fresh acidity, and there’s a touch of phenolic texture that draws out the long finish.”
93 points, Erin Brooks, RobertParker.com, July 2022
“A lovely nose of lemon peel, small white flowers and wet stones. Medium-to full-bodied and lean. Bright acidity with driving mineral character. Green apple and citrus come through. Floral finish. Drink now. Screw cap.”
92 points, JamesSuckling.com, Jan 2022