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Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir 2016 (Sonoma Coast, California) - [JD 95+] [AG 94] [RP 92] [JS 92] [WS 91]
Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2016 (Sonoma County, California) - [JD 96] [RP 93] [AG 93] [JS 93]

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Winery: Paul Hobbs
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Region: Sonoma Coast, California
Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 750 mL


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CASE PRICE = $52.99 per bottle (add 12+ quantity to your basket)

Notes from the Winemaker:
A bright display of ruby with inviting aromas of bergamot, fresh blueberry, and red clay earth bring to life the summation of the Sonoma Coast appellation. Dark cherry and grilled plum underscore hints of savory ground clove spice that are accompanied by gripping tannins, picking up invigorating acidity as it continues to evolve across the palate, ending with the power and grace that’s in character with its coastal influences.An elegant match for crispy roast duck with umeboshi andgrilled plum sauce, or pork belly served on a gingery rice congee with Asian greens and a Mujaddara with cumin-spiced yogurton the side.Serve at 50°-55° F

Growing Season:
The 2016 growing season was cooler on average than the previous three vintages, with lower temperatures during the day and cooler nights. Although harvest started a week earlier than average, weather remained stable throughout the growing season. No significant heat spikes took place during the ripening phase, yet fruit came in all at once over a two to three-week period. Overall, the 2016 delivers optimal quality and an expressive fruit profile.

  • Hand-sorted whilestill cold from the field; 13% whole cluster inclusion
  • Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts
  • 5-day cold soak, 14daymaceration
  • Gentle punchdowns
  • Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel
  • Aged 15months in French oak barrels;56% new
  • Coopers: Cadus, Damy, Francois Frères, Louis Latour, Gauthier, Leroi, Remond
  • Bottled unfined and unfiltered; January, 2018
  • Sourcing: 94% Goldrock Estate; 5% Schell RanchEstate; 1% Fraenkle Cheshier
  • Clonal selection: 115, 777, 828, Swan, Calera, Mt. Eden

Ratings & Reviews

95+ Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
“The 2016 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast offers more minerality and salinity as well as darker fruits, graphite, smoke, and scorched earth characteristics. It’s tighter, more backward, and Burgundian, with terrific concentration and purity as well as balance. Give it a few years.” (Jun 2018)

94 Points - Vinous:
“The 2016 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is the real gem in this range, given its superb quality and modest price. Then again, the Sonoma Coast Pinot is the second wine from Paul Hobbs' Goldrock Estate. Unctuous and creamy on the palate, with terrific depth, the 2016 shows why the wines of the true Sonoma Coast are so appealing. Sweet red cherry pie, blood orange, pomegranate and wild flowers all race out of the glass. More importantly, the 2016 shows why the wines of the Sonoma Coast are so compelling , and that comes down to being able to achieve ripe flavors at relatively low sugars.” – Antonio Galloni (May 2019)

92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
“This is the first vintage for this new Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast. The 2016 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast opens with a medium ruby-purple color and notes of warm cherries, mulberries and wild blueberries with touches of dusty soil, dried herbs and tree moss. The medium to full-bodied palate has a good, solid structure of ripe, grainy tannins and a refreshing line carrying the fruit to a long, perfumed finish. 2,049 cases were made.” – Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Jun 2018)

92 Points - James Suckling:
“This is dense and layered with lots of ripe berry and strawberry aromas. Medium-bodied, firm and round-textured. Juicy and fruity. Delicious finish. Fruit-forward. Drink now.” (Feb 2018)

91 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
“Offers an excellent structure, a balance of acidity and tannins, and a core of blackberry and raspberry flavors, spicy oak notes and nutmeg scents, ending with loamy tannins. Drink now through 2024. 2,049 cases made.” – JL (Aug 2018)

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