2003 Paul Hobbs "Cuvée Agustina- Richard Dinner Vineyard" Russian River Valley Chardonnay
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.
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.
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