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Reviewed August 29, 2018 via mobile

As stated by Pinot Afficianados " if you drink no noir you pinot noir". So class let's continue to dig in on the third leg of the Trifecta of the Russian River finishing up with Paul Hobbs. Maybe I did save the best til last,same as the Triple Crown. I absolutely love what Paul Hobbs has done with the bevy of wines in his stable,in less than 30 years & Hobb's Pinot Noir's can go against any big boy Pinots as it encompasses a total rainbow of experiences with all of your senses. Not just heavy tannins and blow your head off wines but as a woman who evolves over time in your life, the Pinot Noir experiences change throughout your entire life.
Paul Hobbs started off at Notre Dame but thankfully changed to UC & the legend started (probably got tired of drinking vin ordinaire wine at the churches around Notre Dame & saw an opportunity). Incredibly a little over a decade he became known globally, &is involved in the wine industry across China, France, US, Argentina to name a few. Back in'04 Parker named Paul "Most Important Winemaker in California". He also consults with many wineries, 15 total in US(Chalone, Stewart Cellars,et.al), and 22 others internationally. WOW. I was intrigued how he focused on Argentina (Malbec anyone), but he launched Vina Cobos in Mendoza, Argentina in'99, a leader with a vision.
He started the 14 acres Lindsay Vineyards (named after his father) with 3 root stocks and 5 clones of pinot, & has evolved today as the lineup is as tough as the NY yankees, with my favorite Ulises Valdez Vineyard, Hyde Vineyards Carneros... not enough space to comment about the chards, but the Ross Station 2014 is at its apex. The creme de la creme for chards has to be the '14 Cuvee Agustina from Richard Dinner Vineyards. Chard also barrel fermented for 11 mos 44% new French oak.
Back to pinots...the lineup of pinot such as the '14 Katherine Lindsay Estate, & the incredible '16 Pinot Agustina is not to be missed. Remember availability on the outside is minimal. I believe the clones are Beba and Calera and yields are between 1.5 to 3 tons per acre.
Scores for the pinots are top box across theboard. People comment about generous tannins, dark reddish purple, a bevy of notes including cherries, berries, nose and palate, dark chocolate and some spice , but what an oak finish...dense yet supple. Could not agree more.
Pinot lineup is Russian river appellation blend, UV , Lindsay, & Hyde vineyard Carneros. The second label CrossBarn, is lower price point & about 15K cases, same as Paul Hobbs label.
Hobb's lineup is phenomenal for pinot cult classic collectibles driven by the neaveux riche Millennials. Since 2012, california wine profit margins have grown 17 %, pricing is up 15 % while volume up only about 2% per Robobank studies. You do not want to swim with a ton of guppies but be the killer shark. Pinots such as SeaSmoke "Ten", Raen Freestone Occidental, Bodega, Headlands Cuvee Elizabeth vineyard, Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard, & of course Paul Hobbs UV, et al, the bar for Pinot classic collectibles is going to surge as the finesse, yet boldness of these pinot offerings will align with food pairings, friend pairings or just listening to Country Music or Jazz alone when you need to be uplifted. Paul Hobbs is in this cult classic collectible Pinot Noir class. Move over you Cab boys, as the players who strut their stuff in pinot are taking over and Paul Hobbs is one of them.
The 2016 Cuvee Agustina Katgerine Lindsay estate pinot $145...in 2010 wine enthusiast gave it a 94 & has stayed in that stratosphere ever since. Donate $145 and acquire a 2016 on your next visit and share it with who is visiting you or sneak off alone as I did as I drank it alone when I went to my room. But I did start reading about history of Pinot Noir grapes and how FPS designates the clones. Tough read when drinking the 2016 Agustina and studying for a pinot test.Sorry. •The oldest sources documented in FPS records for Pinot noir are for two introductions made by Dr. Harold
Olmo in 1951. •One came from Pommard, France &was designated Pinot noir.
Oldest sources documented in FPS records for Pinot noir are for two introductions made by Dr. Harold Olmo in 1951. One came from Pommard, France &sometime before 1977, Meredith Edwards at the Mount Eden Vineyards sent the Rae clone to Goheen for clean up.At least you know the start but the finish is just to enjoy & savor what Russian River gives us- a Game Changer grape and expert vineyard talent & leaders. Ahh, to start over again! Vino Geno. Ciao.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed June 14, 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed a semi-private three course meal with about 6 wines. It was served in a beautiful residence - and the chef’s presentation was stunning

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 7, 2018 via mobile

We really enjoyed our tour and tasting at Paul Hobbs. We even met Mr. Hobbs, who was working on another project. We over shot the tasting room and asked a guy, “Where’s Paul Hobbs?” (meaning the winery) He pointed to a guy and said, “Right there!” Anyway, Paul walked over, said hello, asked us where we’re from, and pointed us to the beautiful Lindsay House, where they do their tastings. We loved the wines. E.J. was very accommodating as a host and paired the Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs and Cabs with cheese. Before we knew it, we had been there two hours! Beautiful venue, nice people (including Paul) and great wine!

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed May 31, 2017

We visited for a pre-arranged wine tasting and were greeted by Katie. She took us on the tour and explained their winemaking as well as the history of the winery. Beautiful grounds, meticulous attention to detail everywhere including the wine tasting, the grounds and the winery itself. VERY clean. Loved every aspect of it. Liked the Pinots the best, the 2013 Cab (Napa Valley) wasn't to my liking but the experience overall was well worth our time.

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

Paul Hobbs is one of my favorite producers for elegant, well balanced wines that reflect sense of place. His Pinot Noirs are among my favorites. The wines are pricey but Hobbs' wines are in a class by themselves due to the meticulous nature of farming and wine production resulting in the highest pedigree wines. Loved the Russian River Pinot Noir, Ellen Lane Chardonnay and the Kick Ranch Syrah.

Our favorite host was Tyson. He was very knowledgeable and shared several details that made us better appreciate the Paul Hobbs experience.

There are several levels of tasting experiences: appelation, single vineyard and custom. Suggest the appellation if you are new to Paul Hobbs wines or the single vineyard experience if you want to get a premium wine experience. The cheeses paired beautifully with the wines.These wines are very difficult to find so if you taste a wine you like, buy a few bottles.

Try to make an appointment mid week instead of competing with everyone else for a Friday spot.

Date of experience: August 2016
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