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Paul Hobbs Chardonnay 2020

Aromatic, low intervention Russian River Chardonnay by Paul Hobbs
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Producer Paul Hobbs
Country USA
Region Other
Wine Type White Wine
Body / Style Aromatic
Grape Blend 100% Chardonnay
Bottle Size (ml) 750
% Abv 14.5
Vintage 2020
Special Features Organic, Vegan
Extra Info Stone fruit & apple flavours
Food Pairing Guide Try paired with Gruyère cheese or pan seared scallops with soft herbs
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Paul Hobbs Chardonnay is a youthful pale straw colour and fragrant citrus blossom and white florals. Lively flavours of Golden Delicious apple and fresh peach emerge on the palate that give way to complex notes of lemon meringue and baking spice. Refined and focused, the finish is long and lifted, framed by a cool minerality and refreshing acidity. Raised on a farm on the east coast of the United States, Paul Hobbs grew up in a tee-total household but this did not stop his first taste of wine being Chateau d'Yquem. It is tempting to say 'and the rest is history' and leave it at that, but there is so much more to this man. Paul came to winemaking via studying to be a doctor and this scientific background and attention to detail has helped hone his approach to crafting wonderfully precise, complex wines in California, and around the world. He has famously been called the 'Steve Jobs' of wine by Forbes magazine and it is clear he is a driven perfectionist whose hard work has paid off with numerous 100 points scores from the critics. However, to stop there would do Paul an injustice. Notwithstanding his mainstream winemaking training at UC Davis, Paul is an advocate of low intervention methods.
Since the late 1980's, long before it was popular, Paul was using wild yeast to ferment and organic vineyard management techniques to get the best from his vines and protect the land. Like his wines, he is a complicated, multi-layered man and across all his ranges there is an elegance and lightness of touch that makes you realise there is a truly talented winemaker at work here. Produced from fruit from carefully selected vineyards in prime appellations in the Napa Valley. Yields are carefully managed for maximum ripeness and concentration and the harvest is carried out by hand to ensure that the fruit is in immaculate condition when it arrives at the winery. Hand-harvested at night the whole clusters are sent direct to press, whilst still cold from the field. Barrel fermented with indigenous yeasts . Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel and then aged for 10 months in French Oak Barrels, a (up to 50% in new Oak) and 5 months in stainless steel. Aged sur lies with bi-weekly bâtonnage. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
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