2015 Paul Hobbs "Crossbarn" Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

SKU #1271013 91 points 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)  (3/2017)

90 points Vinous

 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)  (3/2017)

K&L Notes

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.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M√Ęcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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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).
Alcohol Content (%): 14.1