PAUL HOBBS Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2018
94 points “Starting with the 2018 Chardonnay Russian River Valley this quintessential Russian River Chardonnay offers loads of white currants caramelised peach honeysuckle and spicy oak aromas and flavours. With good acidity beautiful purity and a layered opulent texture it's a gem of a wine well worth seeking out.” – Jeb Dunnuck
According to the experts at Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate this big white is “silky in texture with savoury spicy character seamless freshness and a long finish.” Having spent 10 months in French oak this Russian River Valley Chardonnay is bursting with crunchy pear white peach caramelised nectarine pineapple tangerine lemon curd apricot mango toasted hazelnuts honeysuckle gingerbread sea spray baked apples almond biscotti and just a hint of dried leaves. The vibrancy and refreshing acidity are expertly retained by the careful winemaking of one of the best in the business and the cooling fog that rolls over Paul Hobbs’ vineyards. 2018 was another outstanding vintage and this bottle is an irresistible proposition.
The first wine Paul Hobbs ever tasted was a 1962 Château d’Yquem that his father served the family in paper cups. It ignited a passion in him. Now he is a winemaking legend. This perfectionist was the first person to bottle single varietal Malbec in Argentina he headed up the team at Opus One for a long time he has been described by Forbes Magazine as the “Steve Jobs” of wine and he pioneered scientific studies into the difference between French and American oak. Famed for his Californian wines including the much sought-after Cabernet Sauvignons from the Beckerstoffer Dr Crane and Beckerstoffer to Kalon vineyards and also the Viña Cobos winery he started in Argentina after consulting with Catena Zapata. His style is immaculately clean with laser precision and tasting his wines confirms that he is one of the finest and most knowledgeable winemakers working anywhere in the world today.
SKU No.: 3414313
Style No.: 870381
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.5%