2018 Crossbarn (Paul Hobbs) Pinot Noir

2018 Crossbarn (Paul Hobbs) Pinot Noir

by JJ Buckley Fine Wines

2018 Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

On Sale: $29.94  (was: $34.94)*

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Paul Hobbs is one of Northern California’s most recognizable names in top shelf Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with a long track record of making super high end wines. His CrossBarn label is equally impressive, even more so considering what terrific values they are, and his Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is an incredibly classic and high quality wine for the money. With barely any new oak, and a touch of whole cluster, this 2018 is a pure and vibrant style of Sonoma Coast Pinot, with a fresh and layered mélange of fruit and snappy structure. Vinous has called this cuvee “one of the very finest Sonoma Coast Pinots readers will find in its price range,” and for under thirty bucks, we couldn’t agree more!

Robert Parker has praised Hobbs for crafting “full throttle wines that merit serious attention”, calling him a “one of the world’s finest” winemakers, consulting with top labels in Napa and Sonoma. What we love about CrossBarn is its unadorned, no-frills style; the wines aren't slathered in new oak, and they’re bottled under screw cap, but what’s in the bottle is an absolutely top-notch expression of its AVA. It makes you wonder why you would pay 3x as much for one of the many cult producers dotting the coast. Given that 2018 has proven to be a “sensational vintage for Sonoma” (Dunnuck), particularly Pinot Noir, we’d go so far as to say this is a purely unmissable bottle of Pinot!

92 points, James Suckling: "Extremely fresh and fruity with plums and dried strawberries, as well as a citrus-peel undertone. Full body, light tannins and a delicious finish. Fruit-forward pinot noir."

91 points, Wine Advocate: "Medium ruby, the 2018 Pinot Noir is made with about 72% estate fruit and very little oak. It's a fresh style with open-knit aromas of roast cranberry and rhubarb with touches of dried leaves, soil and tar. The palate is medium-bodied, bright and juicy with good concentration and spiciness and a lifted finish."

90 points, Jeb Dunnuck: "Its ruby hue gives way to a pretty, strawberry, spice, and brambly, forest floor-laced Pinot Noir that has good acidity, plenty of sweet fruit, no hard edges, and a clean finish. It's well worth seeking out."

*Offer publication date August 3, 2021. Pricing and availability subject to change.