This Laguna Ridge vineyard in Russian River Valley is the winery’s home and represents Paul’s lifelong dream of founding his own vineyard. This is the sort of Pinot to relax into, submit to the undulating waves of wildblackberry, Bing cherry, and soft raspberry. The firm, velvety tannins and long silky finish will keep you afloat.
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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 flagship is the 2017 Pinot Noir Katherine Lindsay Estate comes from vines around the estate, in the Laguna Ridge region of the Russian River Valley. It saw just touch of stems (10%) and was brought up in 45-55% new French oak. This ruby/purple-hued beauty offers an incredibly elegant, seamless profile that carries perfumed red currant, raspberries and cherry fruits intermixed with white flowers, spice, and underbrush. While one of the most elegant and seamless in the lineup, it doesn't skimp on fruit and has plenty of intensity, integrated acidity, and thrilling tannin quality. It's another awesome Pinot Noir from this estate that benefits from a decant if drinking anytime soon and will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for a decade.
A barrel sample, the medium ruby-purple colored 2017 Pinot Noir Katherine Lindsay Estate gives up intense scents of cranberry jelly, crushed redcurrants and Bing cherries with nuances of Sichuan pepper, garrigue, iron ore and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is firmly structure with ripe, fine-grained tannins and great freshness, framing the intense red berry and earthy layers through the long finish. 900 cases are expected to be produced, to be released August 2019.