You know Paul Hobbs for Bordelaise varietals like Cabernet, but you may be surprised to find him effortlessly crossing the aisle with Burgundian beauties like this Pinot. A softer touch is needed with Pinot. Aromas of baked sour cherry, orange peel and crushed flower jump out of the glass. The palate is framed with plush tannin, bright acidity and herbal undertones. Good enough to open for your potential in-laws.
Moving to the Pinot Noirs, the 2017 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley is the appellation release from Hobbs, and it's brought up all in French oak. Black raspberries, bouquet garni, crushed flowers, and honeyed strawberry notes all emerge from this beautifully polished, medium-bodied, seamless effort. With lots of upfront fruit, plenty of underlying depth and structure, and a great finish, it's a winner. Drink it over the coming decade.