Paul Hobbs Chardonnay 2018, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

Vineyards: Ross Station Estate, Edward James Estate, George Menini Estate, Goldrock Estate, Ellen Lane Estate, Richard Dinner Vineyard. Grapes were hand-harvested at night, shears only. Winemaking: Whole-Cluster pressed w hile still cold from the field. Barrel fermented with indigenous yeasts, 10 months to completion. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel. Aged 11 months in French oak barrels; 43% new. Aged sr lies with bi-weekly bâttonnage. Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2020. Tasting notes: A vibrant blend derived from our revered vineyards that are defined by the region’s cooling fog and warm afternoon sunshine reveals a pale straw color in the glass and aromas of white florals, ground ginger, and Mandarin orange. Golden Delicious apple and Meyer lemon give way to complex flavors of baking spice and piecrust that add a round texture to accompany its bright acidity, framing the long finish.