Paul Hobbs Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2019 Red Wine

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Paul Hobbs Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2019

94 pts. Jeb Dunnuck:

"Moving to the reds, the 2019 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley offers a medium ruby/purple hue to go with a beautiful perfume of mulberries, black cherries, Asian spices, and roasted herbs. Playing in the medium-bodied end of the spectrum, it still brings plenty of fruit, with a great mid-palate and outstanding length on the finish. It’s common in 2019 for the Russian River Valley Pinots to show a beautiful sense of freshness and elegance, and this wine delivers those qualities in spades. It can be drunk any time over the coming 7-8 years."

93 pts. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

"Medium ruby-purple, the 2019 Pinot Noir opens with broody cranberries and blackberries with touches of earth and charcuterie. The medium-bodied palate is a bit brighter than the nose would lead you to believe, with a grainy, fresh frame and gregarious, spicy fruits. It's a pretty expression that combines powerful fruit with a lighter frame than might be expected from the Russian River Valley."

93 pts. James Suckling:

"Pretty aromas of red cherries, ripe wild strawberries and rooibos tea. Medium-bodied with fine tannins and well-balanced acidity that keeps the sweet red and black-cherry character going throughout. Added notes of tobacco and vanilla stick come in. Drink now."

If you like California Pinot Noirs, you'll love this one! Paul Hobbs is a classic Russian River Valley Pinot - bold, but not a "bomb" by any means. It's got a wonderfully intricate nose, followed by an explosion of delectable flavors!

FROM THE WINERY

Carefully selected from the winery’s top vineyard sources that are defined by both their proximity to the coast and Russian River to allow cool morning, warm afternoon diurnal swings to develop fruit with purity, richness, and elegance.

Our estates play a leading role in the making of this wine with fruit selected across the appellation for its purity, richness, and elegance. Translucent garnet, the 2019 vintage entices with blood orange, boysenberry, and fresh violets. The voluptuous texture fuses with layered notes of bergamot, wild cherry, crushed pomegranate seeds, and hints of sage. As it moves across the palate both acid and plush tannins are seamlessly integrated, accentuated by a red clay minerality that readily captures our terroir and adds freshness to the gorgeous finish.

Vineyard

Sources: Cleary Estate, Goldrock Estate, Schell Ranch Estate, Fraenkle Cheshire, Katherine Lindsay Estate, George Menini Estate

Clonal selection: 115, 777, Pommard, 667, Mt. Eden, Swan, cha-96/97, Calera, 114, 113, 2a

Rootstocks: 101-14, 420a, rg

Sites: Various exposures, and soils including Sebastopol Series, Goldridge yellow, sandy clay loam, red clay and coarse, gravelly, loam soils

Yield: 2.3 tons/acre

Growing Season

2019 was truly a remarkable year that may in time prove to be the standout vintage of the decade. The season began with steady winter precipitation and cool springtime temperatures helping preserve soil moistures throughout much of the growing season. After a rare May rainstorm, warm and dry conditions followed providing an optimal bloom and fruit set. The mild temperatures over the summer allowed grapes to ripen slowly and develop their phenolics gradually on the vine, a welcome sign for our team. After the record-breaking 2018 crop, 2019 came in much closer to historical averages. Harvest kicked off September 6 and lasted seven weeks, within its typical timeframe, bringing in fruit with exceptional energy, precision, purity of flavors, and superb balance.

Harvest

Hand-harvested at night, shears only

Harvest dates: September 12 – October 3

Winemaking

Hand-sorted while still cold from the field 9% whole cluster inclusion

Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts

5-day cold soak, 17 day maceration

Gentle punchdowns

Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel

Aged 10 months in French oak barrels; 44% new

Coopers: Francois Frères, Cadus, Louis Latou

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