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2016 Paul Hobbs Ross Station Chardonnay

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March 10, 2024 - $52

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RATINGS

96James Suckling

More yogurt undertones to the ripe apples, cream and light toasted oak. Full-bodied, very layered and rich. Even oily with some caramel. Light phenolic tension at the finish.

95Vinous / IWC

...powerful and explosive, with a real sense of phenolic intensity that drives the wine. Dried apricot, chamomile, almond and lightly honeyed notes...

94+ The Wine Advocate

...notes of key lime pie, lemon meringue and white peaches with a subtext of clotted cream, brioche, toasted almonds and a waft of cinnamon. Full-bodied, concentrated and oh-so-decadent in the mouth, the satiny textured palate features bags of citrus and spice flavors with a very long, invigorating finish.

94Wine Spectator

Shows a mastery of rich fruit and jazzy new oak flavors, with smoky, toasty notes and pure fig, melon, anise and nectarine elements, sailing along on the finish.

REGION

United States, California, Sonoma, Russian River Valley, Green Valley

Russian River Valley AVA is named for the river that meanders from Mendocino County in the north until it finally runs into the Pacific Ocean north of San Francisco. The AVA is cool thanks to its proximity to the northern California coast and the river, and grape growers must learn to deal with regular fog. Nevertheless in recent decades the AVA has become one of the best in the state, meaning that its wines often earn excellent reviews and have considerable cachet. The AVA status was awarded in 1983 and today the appellation has 15,000 vineyard acres. Chardonnay is the most widely planted grape though Pinot Noir has also been very successful in recent decades. Russian River Valley Pinot Noir are known for being rich, lush and filled with concentrated fruit and berry flavors. Russian River Pinot Noirs are today considered some of the best domestic Pinot Noirs.

TYPE

White Wine, Chardonnay

This white variety originated in Burgundy, but is now grown around the world. Its flexibility to thrive in many regions translates to wide flavor profile in the market. Chardonnay is commonly used in making Champagne and sparkling wines.