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Producer: Paul Hobbs, Article: Sonoma: Another Brilliant Vintage in 2018

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2018 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Russian River Valley

Starting with the 2018 Chardonnay Russian River Valley, this quintessential Russian River Chardonnay offers loads of white currants, caramelized peach, honeysuckle, and spicy oak aromas and flavors. With good acidity, beautiful purity, and a layered, opulent texture, it's a gem of a wine well worth seeking out. This cuvée comes 80% from estate fruit.

  $55 1

Starting with the 2018 Chardonnay Russian River Valley, this quintessential Russian River Chardonnay offers loads of white currants, caramelized peach, honeysuckle, and spicy oak aromas and flavors. With good acidity, beautiful purity, and a layered, opulent texture, it's a gem of a wine well worth seeking out. This cuvée comes 80% from estate fruit.

2018 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Ellen Lane Estate

More tart citrus, caramelized pineapple, white flowers, and Meyer lemon notes emerge from the 2018 Chardonnay Ellen Lane Estate, another flawlessly balanced Chardonnay from Hobbs. Medium to full-bodied, with terrific acidity yet also terrific concentration, it’s drinking spot on already, with the more flattering, charming style of the 2018 vintage, yet is going to evolve for 5-7 years with no problems.

  $85 1

More tart citrus, caramelized pineapple, white flowers, and Meyer lemon notes emerge from the 2018 Chardonnay Ellen Lane Estate, another flawlessly balanced Chardonnay from Hobbs. Medium to full-bodied, with terrific acidity yet also terrific concentration, it’s drinking spot on already, with the more flattering, charming style of the 2018 vintage, yet is going to evolve for 5-7 years with no problems.

2018 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Edward James Estate

From a site in the Russian River and aged 15 months in 54% new French oak, the 2018 Chardonnay Edward James Estate offers a classic California bouquet of ripe peach, guava, crushed citrus, toasted brioche, and white flowers. The bouquet is beautiful and shows remarkable purity. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, it has integrated, racy acidity, building richness, and this awesome, salty finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. It's up with the crème de la creme in the vintage and is an awesome Chardonnay!

  $85 1

From a site in the Russian River and aged 15 months in 54% new French oak, the 2018 Chardonnay Edward James Estate offers a classic California bouquet of ripe peach, guava, crushed citrus, toasted brioche, and white flowers. The bouquet is beautiful and shows remarkable purity. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, it has integrated, racy acidity, building richness, and this awesome, salty finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. It's up with the crème de la creme in the vintage and is an awesome Chardonnay!

2018 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Ross Station Estate

Loads of caramelized peach, toasted spices, brioche, and honeyed citrus emerge from the 2018 Chardonnay Ross Station Estate, one of the richer, more powerful Chardonnay in the lineup. Nevertheless, it has beautiful acidity, flawless balanced, and a great finish. Brought up in 50% new French oak, it's drinking spot on today and shows the vintage nicely. It will also age well for 4-6 years, probably longer, but there's no need to delay gratification.

  $85 1

Loads of caramelized peach, toasted spices, brioche, and honeyed citrus emerge from the 2018 Chardonnay Ross Station Estate, one of the richer, more powerful Chardonnay in the lineup. Nevertheless, it has beautiful acidity, flawless balanced, and a great finish. Brought up in 50% new French oak, it's drinking spot on today and shows the vintage nicely. It will also age well for 4-6 years, probably longer, but there's no need to delay gratification.

2018 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard

Last of the Chardonnay and first made in 1991, the 2018 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard comes from a vineyard in the Sonoma Mountain AVA and spent 15 months in 53% new French oak. It's certainly the most exotic Chardonnay in the lineup, with a complex bouquet of Meyer lemons, flower oil, toasted spice, candle wax, and honeyed citrus. Rich, full-bodied, and stacked on the palate, it has loads of fruit, vibrant acidity, and a great finish. It's another powerful, concentrated Chardonnay.

  $85 1

Last of the Chardonnay and first made in 1991, the 2018 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard comes from a vineyard in the Sonoma Mountain AVA and spent 15 months in 53% new French oak. It's certainly the most exotic Chardonnay in the lineup, with a complex bouquet of Meyer lemons, flower oil, toasted spice, candle wax, and honeyed citrus. Rich, full-bodied, and stacked on the palate, it has loads of fruit, vibrant acidity, and a great finish. It's another powerful, concentrated Chardonnay.

2018 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

The largest production cuvée is the 2018 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley, which comes from multiple sites and was aged 9 months in 43% new French oak. Readers looking for a great introduction into the wines of the estate can't go wrong here. Medium ruby, it has beautiful aromatics of raspberries, black cherries, and strawberries, loads of spice, violets, and underbrush nuances, medium to full body, good acidity, and a silky, seamless texture. It's beautifully done and well worth seeking out. Drink it any time over the coming 7-8 years.

  $65 1

The largest production cuvée is the 2018 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley, which comes from multiple sites and was aged 9 months in 43% new French oak. Readers looking for a great introduction into the wines of the estate can't go wrong here. Medium ruby, it has beautiful aromatics of raspberries, black cherries, and strawberries, loads of spice, violets, and underbrush nuances, medium to full body, good acidity, and a silky, seamless texture. It's beautifully done and well worth seeking out. Drink it any time over the coming 7-8 years.

2018 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard

From the Carneros region in the southern part of the valley, the 2018 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard gives up a Burgundian bouquet of black cherries, mulberries, smoked earth, and candied violets. It shows more and more floral tones with time in the glass and is beautifully textured, medium to full-bodied, and has silky tannins. It's terrific today, yet it has a solid spine of acidity that's going to allow it to evolve gracefully for a solid decade or more. This cuvée was just about all destemmed (there are 8% stems) and spent 15 months in 53% new French oak.

  $85 1

From the Carneros region in the southern part of the valley, the 2018 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard gives up a Burgundian bouquet of black cherries, mulberries, smoked earth, and candied violets. It shows more and more floral tones with time in the glass and is beautifully textured, medium to full-bodied, and has silky tannins. It's terrific today, yet it has a solid spine of acidity that's going to allow it to evolve gracefully for a solid decade or more. This cuvée was just about all destemmed (there are 8% stems) and spent 15 months in 53% new French oak.

2018 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Katherine Lindsay Estate

The flagship release, the 2018 Pinot Noir Katherine Lindsay Estate comes from the Russian River Valley and saw 14% stems and 15 months in 53% new French oak. Medium ruby, with notes of raspberries, spice box, dried cherries, and assorted flowery incense and tea notes, it's wonderfully complex and medium to full-bodied, with seamless tannins and a great finish. Despite coming from the Russian River, it almost has a Sonoma Coast-like style in its perfumed aromatics and beautiful elegance.

  $100 1

The flagship release, the 2018 Pinot Noir Katherine Lindsay Estate comes from the Russian River Valley and saw 14% stems and 15 months in 53% new French oak. Medium ruby, with notes of raspberries, spice box, dried cherries, and assorted flowery incense and tea notes, it's wonderfully complex and medium to full-bodied, with seamless tannins and a great finish. Despite coming from the Russian River, it almost has a Sonoma Coast-like style in its perfumed aromatics and beautiful elegance.

2018 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Cleary Estate

From a property located on the Sonoma Coast and 92% destemmed and brought up in 50% new French oak, the 2018 Pinot Noir Cleary Estate has incredible complexity. While it's a rich, concentrated wine, it’s also another elegant, flawlessly balanced wine from Hobbs. Notes of black raspberries, red plums, strawberries, black tea, and spring flower aromas and flavors all flow to a medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced 2018. It has classic Sonoma Coast elegance and vibrancy, yet still has beautiful fruit and length.

  $90 1

From a property located on the Sonoma Coast and 92% destemmed and brought up in 50% new French oak, the 2018 Pinot Noir Cleary Estate has incredible complexity. While it's a rich, concentrated wine, it’s also another elegant, flawlessly balanced wine from Hobbs. Notes of black raspberries, red plums, strawberries, black tea, and spring flower aromas and flavors all flow to a medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced 2018. It has classic Sonoma Coast elegance and vibrancy, yet still has beautiful fruit and length.

2018 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Goldrock Estate

Coming from a vineyard on the Sonoma Coast, the 2018 Pinot Noir Goldrock Estate reveals a deeper ruby hue to go with ripe, sexy notes of black raspberries, toasted spices, orange blossom, and violets. It's a rich, sweetly fruited, plush beauty with ripe tannins, beautiful overall balance, and great finish. This gorgeous wine shows how good 2018 was for Pinot Noir. It’s one of the richer, more powerful efforts from the Sonoma Coast.

  $75 1

Coming from a vineyard on the Sonoma Coast, the 2018 Pinot Noir Goldrock Estate reveals a deeper ruby hue to go with ripe, sexy notes of black raspberries, toasted spices, orange blossom, and violets. It's a rich, sweetly fruited, plush beauty with ripe tannins, beautiful overall balance, and great finish. This gorgeous wine shows how good 2018 was for Pinot Noir. It’s one of the richer, more powerful efforts from the Sonoma Coast.