Paul Hobbs Ellen Lane Estate Chardonnay 2019
Located in the Green Valley sub-appellation, within the Russian River Valley, lies our 5-acre estate solely dedicated to chardonnay that shines with straw yellow and tint of green in the glass. Welcoming aromas open with fragrant white flowers, lime peel, and a hint of salinity. The palate bursts with apricot, nectarine, and yellow apple offering a refreshing texture on the palate that is united by a driving acidity adding length and focus.
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
A lovely nose of baked lemon, oyster shell and nutmeg. Medium-bodied and sleek. Structured, soft tannins are wrapped by warm citrus and subtle spice. A lovely and prominent rosemary and thyme nose. There is a sense of freshness throughout. Rather delicious. Drink or hold.
The 2019 Chardonnay Ellen Lane Estate is shy at this early stage, opening slowly to golden apples, almonds, dried hay and latent spices. The palate is light-bodied with pleasant, tangy lift, and it finishes long on a mineral note.
Pioneering winemaker Paul Hobbs established his namesake winery in 1991 with the vision and dedication to sustainably craft wines with minimal intervention and meticulous care to capture the purist concept of place. Widely recognized for forging new paths in pursuit of excellence, Paul Hobbs Winery is the pinnacle reflection of our desire to showcase the individuality of new and historical sites in Napa Valley and Sonoma County.
A standout region for its decidedly Californian take on Burgundian varieties, the Russian River Valley is named for the eponymous river that flows through it. 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, farther 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.
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.