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Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2018

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14.10% /
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Vintage: 2018
  • WA 93
  • JS 93
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    In the heart of the Russian River Valley, Paul Hobbs has crafted a masterpiece with his 2018 Chardonnay, a radiant tribute to the region’s unique terroir. This Chardonnay, awarded 93 points by both Wine Advocate and James Suckling, opens with a pale straw hue that glistens in the glass, setting the stage for an enchanting sensory journey.

    The nose entices with a delicate bouquet of white florals, a hint of ground ginger, and the bright zest of Mandarin orange. Upon the first sip, flavors of Golden Delicious apple and Meyer lemon dance on the palate, paving the way for a tantalizing complexity of baking spice and a subtle piecrust note. This interplay of flavors contributes to a round, velvety texture, elegantly balanced by a refreshing acidity that frames the wine’s long, satisfying finish.

    Crafted with meticulous care, this Chardonnay is the result of hand-harvested grapes, whole-cluster pressing, and barrel fermentation with indigenous yeasts over 10 months. A spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel further enhances its complexity, and 11 months of aging in French oak barrels, with 43% new oak, imparts subtle oak-inspired nuances. Bi-weekly batonnage during aging on lees adds depth and character. The wine remains unadulterated, unfined, and unfiltered, bottled in January 2020.

    Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2018 is a testament to the artistry of its namesake winemaker and the terroir of this renowned region, a wine that captivates from the first swirl to the final, lingering note.

    3 reviews for Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2018

    1. WA

      The 2018 Chardonnay has pretty scents of dried leaves, hay and almonds with underlying spicy notes and a core of honeyed white peaches. Medium-bodied, the palate is silky in texture with savory, spicy character, seamless freshness and a long finish.

    2. JD

      Starting with the 2018 Chardonnay Russian River Valley, this quintessential Russian River Chardonnay offers loads of white currants, caramelized peach, honeysuckle, and spicy oak aromas and flavors. With good acidity, beautiful purity, and a layered, opulent texture, it’s a gem of a wine well worth seeking out. This cuvée comes 80% from estate fruit.

    3. JS

      A dense, flavorful white with lovely honey and apple character. Hints of cookies. Full-bodied and very fresh with crisp acidity and a long, flavorful finish. Delicious. Drink or hold.

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    Critical Acclaim

    WA 93
    Wine Advocate
    The 2018 Chardonnay has pretty scents of dried leaves, hay and almonds with underlying spicy notes and a core of honeyed white peaches. Medium-bodied, the palate is silky in texture with savory, spicy character, seamless freshness and a long finish.
    JS 93
    James Suckling
    A dense, flavorful white with lovely honey and apple character. Hints of cookies. Full-bodied and very fresh with crisp acidity and a long, flavorful finish. Delicious. Drink or hold.

    What does Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2018 taste like?


    Light
    Bold
    Dry
    Sweet
    Soft
    Acidic
    Earthy Flavors of the wine

    leather, earthy, mushroom

    Red Fruit flavors of the wine

    cherry, raspberry, strawberry

    Oaky Flavors of the wine

    oak, vanilla, chocolate

    apple, green apple, pear

    Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

    pepper, licorice, cinnamon

    brioche, toast, almond

    Citrus notes found in the wine

    citrus, lemon, lemon zest

    cheese, cream, oil

    Vegetal notes found in the wine

    tomato, grass, straw

    tropical, pineapple, mango

    Floral aromas found in the wine

    gardenia, honeysuckle, acacia

    Food Pairing with Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2018

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