Paul Hobbs CrossBarn Chardonnay 2018
Growing up on a working farm in upstate New York, Paul experienced first-hand the influence of terroir on the character of fruit, when his father had him taste apples of the same variety grown in different orchards several miles apart from one another. The diversity of flavors and textures made an impression on him and would later influence his approach to winemaking.
As a winemaker, Paul is highly regarded for his ability to identify exceptional vineyards, and for his pioneering spirit in working innovatively with new and historical sites and regions. His success has inspired a wealth of nicknames among the press, from quiet trendsetter to prospector to truffle-hunting dog. Hired by Robert Mondavi for his advanced understanding of oak aging, he went on to become winemaker for Opus One and Simi wineries, and then consultant to Peter Michael, Fisher, Lewis, Catena and others. He founded Paul Hobbs Winery in 1991 and Vina Cobos in 1999. He continues to be a leading consultant winemaker around the globe.
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast|
James SucklingA delicious, bright and fruity white with sliced-apple and honey character. Medium body. Crisp acidity to the lovely fruit. Subtle and clean. Drink now. Screw cap.
VinousThe 2018 Chardonnay is an absolutely delicious, affordable wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. Citrus, floral and green orchard fruit notes are nicely lifted in this very pretty, energetic Chardonnay.
Wine AdvocateThe 2018 Chardonnay from Crossbarn is made without oak and bottled early to preserve a clean, crisp style. It has an inviting nose of Red Delicious apples, warm hay, clover honey, saline and crushed shell with loads of warm stone fruits and a toasty note. Light to medium-bodied, it struts the line between fresh citrus and savory character, finishing lifted and refreshing, with a touch of texture.
Jeb DunnuckThe 2018 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast has a bright, exuberant bouquet of tropical fruits and citrus to go with a medium-bodied, juicy, elegant style on the palate. With good fruit, bright acidity, and a clean finish, it's well worth its going rate.
Wine SpectatorContoured, with minerally nuances and a crisp edge to the apple and green pear flavors. Savory and citrus notes show on the finish. Drink now.