Named in honor of Paul Hobbs’s great-grandfather who was a farmer and steward of the family’s apple orchard in upstate New York. Cooling fog and coastal breezes keep this wine balanced, we love the rich brioche, honeysuckle, and Bosc pear. Only a small allocation of this focused orchard delight is available. Pick up a few bottles to astound the wine collector in your life.
Limit 6 bottles per customer
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?
The 2017 Chardonnay Edward James Estate is another Russian River release that has a vivid medium gold color as well as exotic notes of honeyed citrus, pineapple, white flowers, and some salty minerality. It's pure, medium to full-bodied, has a seamless texture, and a great finish. The oak is nicely integrated, and given the overall balance here, it's going to evolve nicely for 7-8 years at a minimum.
A barrel sample, the 2017 Chardonnay Edward James Estate bursts out of the glass with exuberant white peaches, grapefruit and lemon meringue pie scents with touches of honeycomb, fresh ginger and almond croissant. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers mouth-coating spicy and savory layers with great vibrancy and a refreshing finish. 600 cases are expected to be produced and released in August 2019.