Paul Hobbs Ellen Lane Estate Chardonnay 2015

$84.99

96 Points Parker - limited                       Limited new single-vineyard Chardonnay from Paul Hobbs. 96 Points Robert Parker:  "The 2015 Chardonnay Ellen Lane Estate is a little shy at this youthful stage, offering pretty peach blossom and jasmine notes over a core of ripe apricots and spiced apples, plus a waft of brioche. Full-bodied with a great backbone of freshness cutting through the concentrated stone fruit and mineral flavors, it finishes with great persistence.... ...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."

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Ratings on Delectable

David L Delectable Pro

This is drinking so much better then this time last year. Very nice bottle. On to the 16’s.

This is drinking so much better then this time last year. Very nice bottle. On to the 16’s.

9.4

Lyn Farmer Delectable Pro

This is a beautiful example of a California Chardonnay unafraid to be inspired by Burgundy. There is a Puligny-like hint of smoke and flint and a Russian River core of lively lemony fruit. Terrific balance and enough oak for structure without taking over the palate. Elegance in a bottle

This is a beautiful example of a California Chardonnay unafraid to be inspired by Burgundy. There is a Puligny-like hint of smoke and flint and a Russian River core of lively lemony fruit. Terrific balance and enough oak for structure without taking over the palate. Elegance in a bottle

9.3

Joe DAscoli

Orchard fruit paired with vanilla oak. Little extra acidic but generally in balance

Orchard fruit paired with vanilla oak. Little extra acidic but generally in balance

9.1

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