The 2008 vintage of this wine was ranked #6 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2010
A deep, garnet hue provides a striking prelude to an aromatic symphony of black raspberry, vanilla and fresh-baked brioche. The palate, silky and well-balanced, weaves together freshpicked blackberry, dark red cherry and anise with floral notes. Plum and boysenberry harmonize with Darjeeling tea over the long, expressive finish supported by firm, round tannins.
"The dark plum/ruby-hued 2009 Pinot Noir Russian River exhibits dusty, earthy notes of raspberries, black cherries, cinnamon and Allspice. Medium-bodied with sweet tannins, this impressive 2009 should drink well for 4-6 years.
The Wine Advocate
"The 2009 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley is a gorgeous, mid-weight wine layered with expressive red berries, flowers and sweet spices. Silky tannins frame an exceptionally polished, refined finish. This is another flat-out beautiful wine from Paul Hobb."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"Complex and layered, with loamy earth, roasted coffee, spice, sage and cedar flavors that are well-distributed and focused. The flavor themes repeat on the finish. Best from 2012 through 2020."