As for the 2014 Chardonnays, they all possess great acid and obvious intensity. I’ll keep my notes short, but they are all brilliant wines, including the 2014 Chardonnay Russian River, which has plenty of citrus oil, white flowers, quince and peach. Paul Hobbs has emerged as one of the great success stories in Northern California. He’s an international consultant known for his outstanding work in Argentina. He is also now involved in a joint venture in the Finger Lakes region of New York, so hopefully we can anticipate some interesting Rieslings and possibly Grüner Veltliner, Pinot Blanc and even Gewurztraminer emerging from New York State. I had an extensive tasting with Hobbs at his winery in late January, and the results were all impressive. The tastings reflect the fact that, for Chardonnay, both 2013 and 2014 are brilliant vintages, and for Pinot Noir, 2014 may possibly eclipse 2013. (RP)
The 2014 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley) is a classic wine from Paul Hobbs. Creamy, ample and highly expressive, the Russian River Chardonnay makes a terrific introduction to these wines. Dried pear, chamomile, sage and dried flowers are nicely delineated throughout. (AG)
Rich and layered, with tiers of tropical fruit, pineapple, guava, light oak and spice. Clean and pure, zesty on the finish. Drink now. 4,319 cases made.
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