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2008

Chardonnay

Cuvée Agustina
Richard Dinner Vineyard
Sonoma Mountain

Our most limited chardonnay is sourced from a tiny parcel within the gravelly acreage of this small, hillside property. The barrel selection named in honor of Paul's daughter Agustina finds opulence and finesse in stunning balance. Luminescent pale yellow in color, it is brightly scented with spiced pear and honeysuckle. The mouth-filling palate unfolds in velvety, well-articulated layers of fresh Fuji apple, kumquat, yeasty brioche and vanilla bean with white ginger and flinty minerality enlivening the enduring finish of this distinctive chardonnay. Alcohol 14.7%

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94 points Wine Spectator

“Offers a delightful purity of flavor, with a fireworks show of complex flavors, combining a tight core of vibrant mineral, citrus, apple and melon fruit with a supple texture.  Full-bodied, elegant, focused and persistent.  Drink now though 2017. ”
James Laube

94 points Wine Advocate

“Reveals a greenish hue to its light gold color and offers up scents of white peaches, honeysuckle, caramelized tropical fruits and notions of butter and smoke.  It also possesses undeniable minerality.  Considered to be the finest Chardonnay in the Paul Hobbs portfolio, in 2008 I agree with them, but I do think the Ulises Valdez cuvee is as stunning.  Drink the Cuvee Agustina over the next 4-5 years.  ”
Robert Parker Jr.

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Harvest Date September 23

Growing Season 2008 began with an exceptionally dry spring and early bud break. Frosts in April significantly lowered cluster counts. Weather stabilized and warmed through summer, with warmer temperatures continuing through harvest. A smaller crop of high quality fruit was able to ripen fully and evenly, developing an excellent balance of sugars and acid. Overall, the 2008 wines are bright and expressive with well-articulated flavors.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Whole cluster, direct to press, cold
• Barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts; 7 months to completion
• Concurrent, spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 16 months in Damy and Seguin Moreau French oak barrels; 63% new
• Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage
• Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2010