Paul Hobbs Chardonnay 2021, 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 10 months in French oak barrels; 55% new, 5 months in stainless ssteel. Aged sur lies with bi-weekly bâttonnage. Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2019. Tasting notes: Composed of pedigreed sites that are defined by the region’s cooling fog and warm afternoon sunshine, the wine exhibits a youthful pale straw color in the glass and aromas of tangerine, white florals, and shaved ginger. Lively flavors of white peach and Gravenstein apple emerge on the palate that give way to complex flavors of baking spice and pie crust that add a round texture to accompany its bright acidity, framing the long finish.