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Date Printed: 3/27/2015
Paul Hobbs Russian River Pinot Noir 2007
Paul Hobbs Russian River Pinot Noir 2007
(search item no. 98298)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 3/27/2015: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Composed of fruit from Lindsay Estate Vineyard and other select sites neighboring our winery, our appellation pinot is deep plum in color and perfumed with dark fruits, woodsy notes and spice. Black raspberry and boysenberry introduce a palate that is vibrant and lythe, intermingling earthy notes of tea and forest floor around a velvety, mouthfilling core of perfectly ripened fruit. Bright acidity cleanses the palate and provides the perfect counterpoint to the supple tannins that grace the finish. Alcohol 14.7%

"The generic 2007 Pinot Noir Russian River is an outstanding example of Hobbs' meticulous vineyard sourcing and winemaking. With copious sweet forest floor, plum, black cherry, and earthy notes, a luscious, medium to full-bodied texture, and a long finish, it can be enjoyed over the next 7-8 years. The good news is there are over 2,000 cases of this wine. (Not yet released) Paul Hobbs is one of the most brilliant consultants working in California, and he is well-placed in Argentina with a number of projects there as well. His empire is in the Russian River, and it continues to expand, with a bevy of artisinal hand-made Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Cabernet Sauvignons, and more recently, Syrahs. These are full-throttle wines that merit serious attention. He clearly fared very well with his 2006 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir programs, and seems to have hit veritable home runs with the brilliance of these wines as well as his Cabernets and Syrahs in 2007. Paul Hobbs' 2007 Chardonnays are crisp, full-bodied, intensely flavorful wines with higher than usual levels of vibrancy and freshness because of the acid profiles and cool growing season. In addition to the great success he enjoys with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah, Hobbs also hits all the high notes with his Cabernet Sauvignons. There are five offerings, starting with his Napa bottling, one of the better generic efforts in the marketplace. Another fabulous vintage for Paul Hobbs, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignons may ultimately come close to resembling the great successes he has had, including his brilliant 2001s and 2002s."
Wine Advocate 91-93

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About Paul Hobbs Winery:

Paul Hobbs has built his winery's portfolio from the ground up on a foundation of strong, collaborative relationships with the growers of some of Napa's and Sonoma's most compelling and historical properties. Meticulous vineyard management followed by minimally-invasive winemaking techniques is Paul Hobbs approach for producing wines that express their vineyard origins with utmost finesse, complexity and authenticity; in other words, wines with a sense of place. As a winemaker, Paul is highly regarded for his ability to identify exceptional vineyards along with his pioneering, innovative work with new and historical sites and regions. His success has inspired a wealth of nicknames among the press, from quiet trendsetter to truffle-hunting dog. He founded Paul Hobbs Winery in 1991, Vina Cobos in 1999 and is a leading consultant winemaker around the globe.