2013 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Edward James Estate
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $73.94 (reg. $87.94)
"Readers looking for wines packed with flavor as well as personality can do no better than uber-consultant Paul Hobbs’ line-up..." - Robert Parker
This is a 95pt Chardonnay from one of Northern California’s most exceptional talents, whom Parker has called “one of my favorite winemakers.” Hobbs has worked with some of the biggest names in California and abroad, including Mondavi and Opus One, and his own eponymous label is close to gaining icon status these days. We urge you to secure an allocation today as it will surely sell out quickly.
Paul Hobbs is well known for his fanatical attention to detail both in the vineyard and in the winery and this 2013 Chardonnay is a gorgeous example of why that matters so much.
Grapes from the Edward James’ Estate are picked at night for a longer, cooler fermentation, and the full year in French Oak results in a powerhouse of a wine with texture and intensity highlighting the extraordinary 2013 vintage.
2013 was a warm, even year but we still saw surprising levels of freshness and balance in the Russian River Valley, with Galloni writing, “readers will not want to miss the 2013 Sonoma Chardonnays, as they are simply magnificent.” Paul Hobbs manages to achieve richness and power without sacrificing site specificity. The Edward James Estate is a marvelous vineyard with a “very distinct profile” (Wine Advocate) and it really comes through in this 2013 bottling.
This is a remarkable Chardonnay from impeccable single vineyard terroir in the Russian River Valley, made by one of the best in the business, to be enjoyed today and for the next 10 years. Cheers!