Crossbarn Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016
A brilliant ruby shade and lively aromas of red cherry, perfumed violet, and flaky pie crust, reveal this wine’s Sonoma Coast origins from the outset. A full palate of round, sumptuous fruit, along with flavors of earl grey tea and red clay, interact with its finely grained tannins. Balanced and elegant, the wine is playful throughout the long, energetic finish.
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The fruit pops out here with lots of crushed-strawberry and floral character. Full-bodied yet bright and focused. Hints of vanilla, fruit and cream. Flavorful finish.
Medium to deep ruby-purple colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir offers lovely baked raspberries, black cherries and mulberries notes with touches of chocolate box, earth, menthol and dried herbs with a waft of violets. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with red and black berries flavors plus earthy/herbal undertones and a plush frame, finishing with great freshness.
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. One of eleven children, Paul helped his father achieve a lifelong dream of transforming some of the farm's acreage from apples, nuts and peaches to wine grapes.
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. Initially hired by Robert Mondavi for his advanced understanding of oak aging, he was soon promoted to the inaugural Opus One winemaking team. Following his Mondavi experience Paul joined Simi Winery as Winemaker before going on to consult for Peter Michael, Fisher Vineyards, Lewis Cellars, Bodegas Catena and others. Having founded Paul Hobbs Winery in 1991 and Vina Cobos in 1999, he continues to be a leading consultant winemaker around the globe.
CrossBarn began as just one small lot of Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2000 vintage but its popularity has inspired the introduction of chardonnay and pinot noir, to make a family of three. With CrossBarn, Paul ventures beyond the vineyards sourced for Paul Hobbs wines while holding to his ideals of sustainable vineyard practices and gentle winemaking techniques, to bring you wines of stunning quality and exceptional value.