Paul Hobbs Chardonnay, Ellen Lane Estate 2018, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

Ellen Lane Estate is a hidden site that was discovered near Forestville in the Green Valley area, within the Russian River Valley appellation. It is prized for growing complex chardonnay. The site’s unique topography creates 2-30 degree slopes that resembles an amphitheater and generates a distinct microclimate where cool air can be retained during the warmer months. Aromas of lychee and white peach lead to a racy palate of nectarine and lemon zest, finishing with energizing acidity. The grapes are hand-harvested, picked at night. whole cluster pressed while still cold from the field. Barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts; 5 months to completion. spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 39% new. Aged sur lies with biweekly b√Ęttonage. Unfined and unfiltered. Tasting notes: Located in the Green Valley sub-appellation, within the Russian River Valley, lies our 5-acre estate solely dedicated to chardonnay that shines with straw yellow and tint of green in the glass. Welcoming aromas open with fragrant white flowers, lime peel, and a hint of salinity. The palate bursts with apricot, nectarine, and yellow apple offering a refreshing texture on the palate that is united by a driving acidity adding length and focus.