2016 Paul Hobbs 'Edward James Estate' Chardonnay Russian River Valley

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This Chard is awesome! Bright aromatics of pineapple, white flowers, and citrus. The palate is loaded with flavor, featuring a touch of lemon, baked apple and pineapple. Refined acidity ties it all together. The Paul Hobbs crew hit a home run one with this one.

The name Paul Hobbs is synonymous with fine California winemaking. Born into a farming family in New York, Paul borrowed early life experience to reinvent modern winemaking by employing a classical approach that pays the utmost attention to quality farming and treating the fruit minimally so that it can convey a true sense of place. While his uncanny ability to ferret out unique and expressive vineyards and undiscovered regions has only enhanced his reputation, a resume that includes winemaking stints at Opus One and Simi, as well as consulting projects with Peter Michael, Fisher Vineyards and Lewis has helped position himself as one of California's best guiding hands in the cellar. All the wine projects lucky enough to be associated with Paul Hobbs are farmed sustainably. Furthermore, crop yields are kept low to boost flavor intensity, grapes are sorted by hand, juice is turned to wine with the aid of native yeasts and the wines are bottled without fining or filtration. Paul's reach spans far and wide, with his own wineries Paul Hobbs and CrossBarn in California, and Viña Cobos in Argentina. Word on the street is that he's even got his hands on grapes from Chile, Uruguay, France and Armenia. He's got us wondering, what will this globetrotting winemaker do next?

Paul Hobbs
15 months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak; 68% new
Russian River Valley
Edward James Estate
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Chardonnay
Alcohol %:
SKU #:
750 ml Bottle

James Suckling

A rich and opulent white with aromas of cooked apples and lemon rind, as well as hints of smoke. Toasted. Full body with a lovely silky phenolic texture. Juicy and savory. A bigger style but remains agile.


Wine Advocate

The 2016 Chardonnay Edward James Estate charges forth with robust apricot preserves, guava and pineapple paste scents followed up by croissant, honey-nut and yeast extract accents plus a waft of lemongrass. Full-bodied and richly fruited, the palate provides powerful tropical and savory flavors with a racy line of freshness and a very long, toasty finish. 484 cases were made