The 2015 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard leaps from the glass with intense grapefruit, lemon zest and green mango notes over hints of toasted almonds and baking bread. Full-bodied and beautifully structured with a lovely backbone of acidity, the intense citrus and saline flavors just go on and on. (LPB)
The 2015 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard is deep, powerful and intense. It is also one of the least expressive wines in this range. Perhaps the mountain phenolics need time to soften a bit. Today, the Dinner comes across as raw and not as formed as the other Chardonnays in the lineup. Paul Hobbs describes 2015 as year with a cold, wet May that resulted in an irregular set that in turn lowered yields by about 30%. There were some late season spikes, but nowhere near as severe as they were in neighboring Napa Valley. Cool nights helped preserve acids through to what was a very early harvest that started a full week ahead of 2014, which at the time was a record-early harvest. Paul Hobbs fans will want to make note of a new Pinot Noir, the Fraenkle-Cheshier, which emerges from a cool site in the Sebastopol Hills. The debut vintage is impressive. The 2014 Chardonnays and Pinots have pretty much turned out as expected. (AG)
Ultrarich and deeply extracted, this is potent and concentrated, with tiers of fig, anise, honeydew, apricot and apple, revealing a pithy tannic presence and a long finish. Drink now through 2021. (JL)
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