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2011

Chardonnay

Russian River Valley

The quintessential Russian River Valley Chardonnay, this wine offers a lustrous pale straw hue and lively aromas of citrus, nectarine and yellow flowers. The supple texture and seamlessly structured palate are layered with white peach, apricot, lemon zest and Gravenstein apple. Notes of minerality linger over the long, pleasurable finish.

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90 Points Vinous

“Nectarine, honey, orange blossom, mint and butter notes flesh out in the 2011 Chardonnay. The trademark Paul Hobbs richness and the coolness of the year play off each other beautifully here.”
Antonio Galloni

91 Points International Wine Cellar

“Pale gold, with a green hue. Fresh citrus and orchard fruits on the perfumed nose and in the mouth. Juicy and precise, with strong lift to its pear and tangerine flavors. A smoky note comes up on the finish, which is sappy, focused and very persistent. ”
Josh Raynolds

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Harvest Date September 23 – October 3

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; 3-5 months to completion
• Concurrent native malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 11 months in French oak barrels; 46% new
• Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2013