2010 Paul Hobbs Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Exhibiting layers of rich, creamy fig, melon, smoke, white flowers and honeysuckle, this is full-bodied, yet elegant and graceful. Drink now through 2018. 3,283 cases made.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Green-tinged yellow. Strongly perfumed aromas of lime zest, melon and peach pit, with a zesty mineral underpinning. Lively citrus flavors give way to deeper honeydew and pear with air, picking up a suave honeysuckle note. Shows a suave blend of depth and vivacity, finishing very good cut and clarity.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Chardonnay is rich, creamy and expressive. Lemon, green pears, white flowers and crushed rocks all take shape in this deeply expressive, gorgeous wine. First and foremost, the 2010 stands out for its nuance and class. This is a great showing from the straight Russian River bottling, not to mention a textbook wine for the appellation. The 2010 spent ten months in oak (45% new) and two months in steel. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018. It is always fascinating to sit down with Paul Hobbs and his winemaker Megan Baccitich, as these Chardonnays and Pinots run the gamut of styles, clones and sites in Sonoma. According to Hobbs, the 2010 harvest was two weeks later than normal, while 2011 was three weeks later than normal! One of the other main differences is that temperatures increased toward the end of 2010, but stayed very much on the cool side in 2011. My impression is that when all is said and done, vintage 2011 will turn out to be superior to 2010 for this range. As always, the Hobbs house style does a very nice job of capturing both textural richness and plenty of site specificity.