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Paul Hobbs Edward James Chardonnay 2012

Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
  • WE95
  • RP92
14.3% ABV
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14.3% ABV

Winemaker Notes

From the heritage selections of Chardonnay planted in the Edward James Estate Vineyard, named for Paul’s great-grandfather, this pale straw-hued wine boasts intriguing aromas of baking spices, Anjou pear, white peach, and exotic hints of ginger. Concentrated, rich and vibrant on the palate, layers of juicy fruit are underpinned by refreshing acidity.

Critical Acclaim

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WE 95
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Creamy and intoxicating, this barrel-cradled Chardonnay is deeply complex, edgy and mineral-laden. Gravenstein apple and pear headline, with lemon meringue and spicy nutmeg in supporting roles. Although voluptuous and mind-bendingly intense, it finishes lean and crisp, stamping its imprint on the mind and palate.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Chardonnay Edward James Estate emerges from old Wente clones. It exhibits wet pebbles, orange blossom, delicate pineapple and mango characteristics, medium to full body, and a subtle, toasty oak component, but it is not overdone and the minerality comes through brilliantly. Drink now-2020.
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Paul Hobbs

Paul Hobbs

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Paul Hobbs, Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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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.

Russian River

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A standout region for its decidedly Californian take on Burgundian varieties, The Russian River Valley is named for the eponymous river which flows through the region. While there are warm pockets of the AVA, it is mostly a cool-climate growing region thanks to breezes and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme in Russian River, with the best examples demonstrating a unique combination of richness and restraint. The cool weather makes Russian River an ideal AVA for sparkling wine production, utilizing the aforementioned varieties. Zinfandel also performs exceptionally well here. Within the Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. The former, further from the ocean, is relatively warm, with a focus on red and white Bordeaux varieties. The latter is the coolest, foggiest parcel of the Russian River Valley and is responsible for outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Chardonnay

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

In the Glass

When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

Perfect Pairings

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.

Sommelier Secret

Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.

FBR113607_2012 Item# 225115