2007 Paul Hobbs "Lindsay Estate Cuvee Augustina" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Hobbs’ top cuvee which comes from the Calera and Swan clones is the 2007 Pinot Noir Lindsay Estate Cuvee Agustina. Deep ruby/plum-colored, it boasts abundant notes of black cherries, cola, and smoke in its intense, full-bodied personality as well as a layered texture, sweet, velvety tannins, and a rich, concentrated mouthfeel. This is the first Pinot Noir Cuvee Agustina made by Paul Hobbs since 2002. The 2007 should drink well for a decade.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep, vivid red. Explosively perfumed bouquet of black raspberry, graphite, potpourri and incense; almost smells like a northern Rhone wine. Fleshy, seductively sweet red and dark berry flavors stain the palate, with silky tannins providing shape. The floral quality gains strength on the finish, which is impressively pure and persistent.
Ripe and complex, plush and full-bodied, this well-structured version shows supple, spicy plum, black cherry and wild berry fruit, picking up a pleasing earthy cola edge on the finish. Drink now through 2013.
The energetic fruit of the 2007 vintage is here on full display, and it is backed up by plenty of rich oakiness and concentration per the Hobbs style. Full in body, supple and firm at the same time, a bit astringent in the latter palate but not out of shape in that regard and promising to get better over time, this one is another Hobbs hit.