2016 Paul Hobbs 'Ross Station' Chardonnay Russian River Valley

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JS96

Like the cat who got the cream, this decadent Chardonnay will have you licking your whiskers. Full-bodied, layered, and delightfully rich, this age-worthy white is coming into its own and well-worth the wait. Toasted brioche, ripe apples and lemon meringue linger with bags of citrus and spice on the long, invigorating finish.

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?

Varietal:
Chardonnay
Vintage:
2016
Appellation:
Sonoma
Sub-Appellation:
Russian River Valley
SKU #:
1045693
Size:
750 ml Bottle
JS96

James Suckling

More yogurt undertones to the ripe apples, cream and light toasted oak. Full-bodied, very layered and rich. Even oily with some caramel. Light phenolic tension at the finish.