Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir 2017, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

Meticulous vineyard management followed by minimally-invasive winemaking techniques allows Paul Hobbs Winery to produce wines that express their vineyard origins with finesse, complexity and authenticity. Winemaking: Hand-harvested, picked at night. Hand-sorted while still cold from the field; 9% whole cluster inclusion. 5-day cold soak, 14 day maceration. Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts. Gentle punchdowns. Aged 10 months in French Oak barrels; 45% new. Coopers: Cadus, Damy, Louis Latour, Francois Frères, Marques, Remond, Gauthier. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels. Unfined and unfiltered; bottled August 2018. “Highlighting a collection of estate and grower parcels that are defined by their proximity to the coast and Russian River, the wine displays a crimson hue and aromas of violet, Earl grey tea, and baked sour cherry. The velvet texture on the palate combines with flavors of Damson plum, red clay, and orange peel that ends with fresh acidity that lifts the palate, lengthening the wine’s finish. Enjoyable with a Brabander goat cheese from Holland or roasted wild mushroom tartine. ” – winery