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Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2017 (Sonoma County, California) - [JD 95] [JS 93] [RP 92] [WS 91] [AG 90]
Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2017 (Sonoma County, California) - [JD 95] [JS 93] [RP 92] [WS 91] [AG 90]

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Winery: Paul Hobbs
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Region: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California
Vintage: 2017
Bottle Size: 750 mL


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Notes from the Winemaker:
Highlighting a collection of estate and grower parcels that are defined by their proximity to the coast and Russian River, the wine displays a crimson hue and aromas of violet, Earl grey tea, and baked sour cherry. The velvet texture on the palate combines with flavors of Damson plum, red clay, and orange peel that ends with fresh acidity that lifts the palate, lengthening the wine’s finish. Enjoyable with a Brabander goat cheese from Holland or roasted wild mushroom tartine. Serve at 50°-55° F.

  • Hand-sorted while still cold from the field
  • 8% whole cluster inclusion
  • Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts
  • 5- day cold soak, 16 day maceration
  • Gentle punchdowns
  • Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel
  • Aged 10 months in French oak barrels; 45% new
  • Coopers: Atelier, Cadus, Damy, Francois Frères, Gauthier, Louis Latour, Remond, Leroi
  • Unfined and unfiltered; bottled August 2018
  • Sources: Katherine Lindsay Estate, Schell Ranch Estate, Roger Wishard Estate, Cleary Estate, GoldrockEstate, Fraenkle Cheshire, Dona Margarita
  • Clonal selection: 828, 777, 115, 667, Calera, Pommard, 114, Mt. Eden, Swan, Beba, ch-96/97, 943, 23,114, 2a

Ratings & Reviews

95 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
“Moving to the Pinot Noirs, the 2017 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley is the appellation release from Hobbs, and it's brought up all in French oak. Black raspberries, bouquet garni, crushed flowers, and honeyed strawberry notes all emerge from this beautifully polished, medium-bodied, seamless effort. With lots of upfront fruit, plenty of underlying depth and structure, and a great finish, it's a winner. Drink it over the coming decade.” (Jun 2019)

93 Points - James Suckling:
“Blueberries, brambleberries, elderberries, raspberry fool and crushed violets. I love the firm tannins, bright acidity and herbal undertones. Drink now or hold.” (Feb 2019)

92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2017 Pinot Noir is pale to medium ruby-purple colored and reveals gregarious notes of crushed black and red cherries, warm raspberries and mulberries with touches of baking spices, red roses and spearmint. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is completely packed with red and black berry layers, framed by plush tannins and a lively line, finishing long and spicy. 7,265 cases produced, to be released in March 2019.” – Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Oct 2018)

91 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
“Chiseled, ripe and flavorful, featuring concentrated kirsch, wild plum and raspberry confit notes that mesh easily. Fruity midpalate, with a finish of slate and pepper hints, supported by firm tannins. Drink now through 2024. 7,235 cases made.” - KM (Aug 2019)

90 Points - Antonio Galloni's Vinous:
“The 2017 Pinot Noir is soft, juicy and inviting, all of which make it an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next few years. Ripe red cherry, plum, lavender, spice and blood orange add shades of nuance to this tasty, succulent, mid-weight Pinot from Paul Hobbs's Crossbarn label.” – Antonio Galloni (Apr 2020

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