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2011

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 exquisite chardonnay is lustrous dark golden straw hue and exhibits a nose of white flowers, honeydew melon and stone fruits. Richly textured and elegant, the structured palate sings with succulent flavors of orange blossom, citrus oil and Bosch pear. Notes of butterscotch, custard, white peach and Golden Delicious apple fill the mouth and lead to a seemingly unstoppable finish.

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92 Points International Wine Cellar

“Bright yellow-gold. Aromas and flavors of white peach, tangerine and poached pear, with vanilla and buttered toast accents. Broad and fleshy but lively, with a spine of zesty minerality adding lift and structure. The mineral note carries through a very long, broad, honeyed finish. ”
Josh Raynolds

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Harvest Date October 16

Growing Season 2011 began with a wet winter and spring across Sonoma and Napa Counties. Summer was warm, and as harvest approached temperatures rose. Our chardonnay ripened fully and evenly, allowing sugars and acid to develop in balance. The wines from 2011 are bright, expressive and faceted.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Whole cluster, direct to press, cold
• Barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts; 4 months to completion
• Concurrent voluntary malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 11 months in French oak barrels; 67% new
• Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled August 2012