2018 Paul Hobbs Goldrock Estate Pinot is going to be one of your favorites. The vineyard sits just 5 miles from the Pacific Ocean and produces Pinot with elegance, great precision, and intensity. The maritime influence allows for great structure and longevity. One to keep for the cellar.
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 2018 Pinot Noir Goldrock Estate is the most powerful and structured of the 2018 Pinots. Readers will want to cellar it for at least a few years, as the tannins are pretty imposing at this stage. A wine of tremendous persistence, the 2018 is dark and virile, with a phenomenally long finish laced with hints of savory herbs, lavender and graphite. The fruit starts to emerge with time in the glass, but the 2018 will be even better with further time in bottle.