Paul Hobbs Ross Station Estate Chardonnay 2017
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One of the standouts is the 2017 Chardonnay Ross Station Estate and it has an incredibly polished, elegant, regal style as well as notes of tangerine, white peach, flowers, and honeysuckle. The texture here is first rate and it just glides over the palate with both freshness and richness. It's already drinking beautifully yet should cruise for 7-8 years or longer in cool cellars.
A white with a vertical concentration to the palate of dried apples, honey and stones. Medium-to full-bodied, bright and lively with vivid acidity and focus. Drink now.
The 2017 Chardonnay Ross Station Estate comes from old Wente grown in Goldridge. "This is the first fruit we harvested in 2017," Paul Hobbs says. "We harvested this right as that heat was gearing up before Labor Day." It has a lovely, restrained perfume of nutmeg-laced cream, white blossoms, button mushroom and a core of white peaches and apricot with touches of dried orange peel and crushed shell. It’s medium to full-bodied, rounded and lusciously fruited with fantastic layering of spiced fruits, mineral, savory and earth character, refreshed by vibrant acidity and finishing long on a honeyed note. 339 cases were made.
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.