Paul Hobbs 2019 "Ellen Lane" Vineyard Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

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95 Points Parker - limited                      
Limited new single-vineyard Chardonnay from Paul Hobbs from the Ellen Lane Vineyard.

95 Points Robert Parker:  "A barrel sample, the Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Ellen Lane Estate opens wonderfully fragrant and spicy on the nose, with intense scents of guava, papaya and peaches plus accents of gingersnap, honeycomb, quince paste and dried mushroom. The palate is medium-bodied, intensely flavored but delicately styled with racy acidity and mineral streaks, finishing long, textured and nuanced. Yes! 350 cases are expected to be made and released in March 2020."

93 Points Antonio Galloni: "The Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Ellen Lane Estate is creamy, open-knit and sensual, with no hard edges and impeccable balance. Apricot and lemon confit give the Ellen Lane inner sweetness and perfume to match its gracious, mid-weight personality. This is very nicely done."

...Paul Hobbs has emerged as one of the great success stories in Northern California. He’s an international consultant known for his outstanding work in Argentina. He is also now involved in a joint venture in the Finger Lakes region of New York, so hopefully we can anticipate some interesting Rieslings and possibly Grüner Veltliner, Pinot Blanc and even Gewurztraminer emerging from New York State. I had an extensive tasting with Hobbs at his winery in late January, and the results were all impressive. The tastings reflect the fact that, for Chardonnay, both 2013 and 2014 are brilliant vintages, and for Pinot Noir, 2014 may possibly eclipse 2013. As for the Bordeaux varietals, there’s no question that 2013 is the game-changer, as I indicated in previous reports, but 2014 is delicious and another top-notch success."

Type: Chardonnay

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