2015 Paul Hobbs "Crossbarn" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Mostly tank-fermented and having gone through full malolactic, the 2015 Chardonnay is scented of ripe peaches, honeydew melon and green guava with a touch of baking bread. Full-bodied, rich and with a lovely oily texture, it finishes long and spicy. (LPB)
The 2015 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast) from Paul Hobbs' Crossbarn label, is a gorgeous wine that shows just how compelling this vintage can be. Sweet, floral aromatics, bright orchard fruit and lemon confit give the wine its expressive top notes. The 2015 is a bit creamy for the Sonoma Coast, but that is likely the vintage speaking. All the elements fall into place. Quite simply, this is a gorgeous wine for the money. (AG)
Made just down the road from Paul Hobbs' home winery on Highway 116 in Sebastopol, toward the southern end of the Russian River Valley appellation, this internationally renowned winemaker's "second label" has become a go-to for quality and value in recent years. Our staff raved about the 2014 Crossbarn Sonoma Coast Chardonnay: "Paul Hobbs is a known and celebrated winemaker, and his wines prices reflect that. However, the Crossbarn series is the way to get his wine without having to pay the premium price." And: "Vastly approachable and drinks well above its price point." Expect the unexpected with this most recent vintage, just released: subtle quality, astounding value from a top California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir winemaker.