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The King Of California Wine Paul Hobbs
Killer Chardonnay/ 90pts Parker at $21.99 /
Paul Hobbs is a California wine making
treasure. His single vineyard Napa Cabs go for hundreds of dollars a bottle and
are some of the most sought after wines in California. He also makes great
quality on the value side and this Chardonnay, the 2012
Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Chardonnay, is a spectacular Chardonnay for the
money. The 2012 is a buy vintage for California, one of the greats. From
carefully selected vineyards from the cooler Sonoma Coast, ideal for great Cali
Chardonnay. You will flip for this Chardonnay at the price.
Irrefutably, Paul Hobbs is one of
Americaâ€™s most reputable winemakers. Hobbs got off to a flying start early in
his winemaking career by working for Robert Mondavi, Opus One and Simi,
and then later consulting for labels such as Lewis and Peter Michael.
Today, not only does Hobbs own and operate his winery in Sebastopol, California
(which sources fruit from some of the most prized vineyards in Napa and
Sonoma), he also continues to work as a consultant winemaker for brands as
close as Napa and as far away as Eastern Europe and South America.
For Paul, his childhood farm life
instilled a deep sense of respect for family, love of the land, and the joys of
collaborative effort. The familyâ€™s â€ścross barnâ€ť was nestled in the middle
of a one hundred fifty year old family farm in upstate New York. While
working on the farm, Paul experienced first-hand the influence of terroir
on the character of fruit, when his father had him taste apples of the same
variety yet grown in different orchards several miles apart from one another.
The diversity of flavors and textures made an impression on him and would later
influence his approach to winemaking, and so Paul is highly regarded for his
ability to identify exceptional vineyards along with his pioneering, innovative
work with new and historical sites and regions. The Paul Hobbsâ€™ CrossBarn
Chardonnay wine is a reflection of those ideals and of his commitment to
sustainable vineyard practices and gentle winemaking techniques. Produced using
hand-harvested fruit from carefully selected vineyards within the Sonoma Coast
appellation, CrossBarn Chardonnay offers structure and weight in balance with
pure concentrated fruit.
The 2012 vintage graced Sonoma County
with an absolutely perfect wine growing season. A mild winter gave way to a gentle,
warm spring, followed by summer temperatures rising slowly throughout the season
and rays of sunshine ripened the perfectly formed grapes. The vineyards along
the Sonoma Coast feature marine influences that define this sweeping
appellation, so the temperatures are moderate, with evenings dipping to 40s as
a result of the fog off Bodega Bay and day time highs typically in the low
70s. Growing grapes in this dramatically cool western reaches of Sonoma
County is complex and demanding, with the end result truly worth the risk. The
resulting fruit produces wines that are elegant and intensely structured. As
harvest approached temperatures increased which allowed flavor, acid and sugars
to find harmony. The wines from 2012 are expressive, balanced and elegant.
Hand-harvested, whole-cluster, direct
to press; 80% fermented in tank, 20% in neutral French oak barrels; fermented
using native and selected yeasts; 100% malolactic-fermentation; unfined.
Bottled March 2013.
â€śPale yellow in color, this refreshing
chardonnay is fragrant with honeysuckle, pear and Meyer lemon. The
mouth-filling palate opens with vibrant flavors of Fuji apple, nectarine and
mandarin oil. Citrus notes grace a crisp finish.â€ť â€“ Paul Hobbs
â€śThe outstanding 2012 Chardonnay Cross
Barn offers plenty of orange marmalade, lemon oil and white peach aromas, went
through 100% malolactic fermentation.With a richer, more tropical personality.
It is a big-time winner as well as a great value. Enjoy it over the next 3-4
years.â€ť â€“ 90 pts.
Robert Parker (12/2013).
â€śThis seems almost sweet in vanilla,
honey and buttered toast, with ripe pineapple, orange and tropical fruit
flavors. A great burst of acidity provides balance. Drink now for its sheer
Wine Enthusiast (10/2013).