Paul Hobbs Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2014

$79.99

98 Points Parker - limited                       Limited new single-vineyard Chardonnay from Paul Hobbs. 98 Points Robert Parker:  "The 2014 Chardonnay Ellen Lane Estate exhibits more gravelly, wet pebble notes and loads of uplifted aromatics, including peach, pineapple, orange rind and lemon blossom. It is again a complex style of Chardonnay made from a cold microclimate... ...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

Whitney Bouck Delectable Pro

Great mouth feel. Flavors of butter, baked apple and apricot. A gorgeous, full bodied Chardonnay. Very elegant.

Great mouth feel. Flavors of butter, baked apple and apricot. A gorgeous, full bodied Chardonnay. Very elegant.

9.1

Josh Luhn Delectable Pro

Luhn Wine Consulting Owner, Luhn Family Wines

Rich and tropical.

Rich and tropical.

8.8

K L

Excellent. Smooth and a little sweet on the finish.

Excellent. Smooth and a little sweet on the finish.

9.3

John Schlechter

Minerality similarities to Montrachet

Minerality similarities to Montrachet

9.4

Scott Stewart

Not my cup of tea, but I respect the focus on a particular style.

Not my cup of tea, but I respect the focus on a particular style.

8.8

Keegan Leary

Medium lemon. Aromas are smoke, brewer's yeast, and green apple. Flavors of butter and pear. M+ acidity. Dry. Full body wine with a long finish of bread and butter. Above average but a bit expensive for a Thursday evening run about. Pair with a special meal... thinking lobster with butter. Go for it.

Medium lemon. Aromas are smoke, brewer's yeast, and green apple. Flavors of butter and pear. M+ acidity. Dry. Full body wine with a long finish of bread and butter. Above average but a bit expensive for a Thursday evening run about. Pair with a special meal... thinking lobster with butter. Go for it.

9.0

Jul Arro

Crisp. Dean and deluca

Crisp. Dean and deluca

9.0

Hank

coconut milk, melon, guava, and fennel. creamy and fresh with a fair amount of soft oak, and a bit of spice to add allure - maybe cardamom and hint of clove? paired nicely with some cedar plank grilled salmon. i'd also try an asparagus risotto

coconut milk, melon, guava, and fennel. creamy and fresh with a fair amount of soft oak, and a bit of spice to add allure - maybe cardamom and hint of clove? paired nicely with some cedar plank grilled salmon. i'd also try an asparagus risotto

8.5

John R. Mallery

Delicious

Delicious

9.7

yousef saed

Aromatic, creamy, and rich. Lacks the buttery profile synonymous with some Cali chards but maintains a richness that begs second glass.

Aromatic, creamy, and rich. Lacks the buttery profile synonymous with some Cali chards but maintains a richness that begs second glass.

9.1

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