2003 Paul Hobbs "Cuvée Agustina- Richard Dinner Vineyard" Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay

SKU #1111740 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A selection of this vineyard’s finest barrels, the 2003 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard Cuvee Agustina, is the estate’s top Chardonnay. It was aged in 88% new oak, and possesses superb fruit and ripeness, medium to full body, and notes of honeysuckle, orange marmalade, pineapple, and mango.  (12/2005)

93 points Wine Spectator

 A rich, opulent, hedonistic pleasure with layers of fig, apricot, hazelnut and apple, this is potent yet elegantly styled, unfolding to reveal extra facets of citrus, melon and light toasty oak. The flavors gain intensity on the finish, lingering on and on.  (11/2005)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (a barrel selection intended to showcase the opulence and structure of fruit from this vineyard, according to Matt Hobbs; this spent several months longer in barrel than the other 2003 chardonnays here, and got 80% new oak) Pale yellow. Aromas of peach, nectarine and honey, with notes of vanillin oak and minerals. Sweet, dense and lush, showing more vanillin oak and soil-driven minerality today than fruit. Finishes firm-edged and persistent. Like the basic bottling from this vineyard, this chardonnay needs some aging. 91(+?) points  (5/2005)

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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).