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2010

Chardonnay

Richard Dinner Vineyard
Sonoma Mountain

This hillside vineyard has been a mainstay in our portfolio since 1991, the year Paul Hobbs Winery was founded. The elegantly pure chardonnay is a golden straw color and exhibits a nose of white flowers, honeydew melon and stone fruits. Notes of lemon chiffon, custard, white peach and Golden Delicious apple fill the mouth, intermingled with intense minerality.

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93 Points Wine Advocate

“Cool veins of minerality inform the 2010 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard. A Riesling-like petrol note develops with time in the glass, adding considerable intrigue and personality as the wine opens up in the glass. Chardonnays from this site have a way of fleshing out in bottle, and I imagine that will be the case here as well. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018.”
Antonio Galloni

91 Points Wine Spectator

“Aromas of smoke, roasted fig, honeysuckle and melon are opulent, with a spicy, herbal edge. Not as rich and potent as some vintages, but likely to gain. Drink now through 2018. 373 cases made.”
James Laube

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Harvest Date October 18

Growing Season 2010 began with a wet winter and spring across Sonoma County. Summer was cool, though as harvest approached temperatures rose. Our pinot noir and chardonnay ripened fully and evenly, allowing sugars and acid to develop in balance. The wines from 2010 are bright, expressive and elegant.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Whole cluster, direct to press, cold
• Barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts; 3 months to completion
• Concurrent spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 11 months in French oak barrels; 56% new
• Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled August 2011