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2012

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 wine is light flaxen, aurulent in color and boasts a bouquet of pomelo, white tea, amber and vanilla bean custard. Flavors of spice, dulce de membrillo, lemon zest and honeycomb contribute to the lush and seamless texture. The finish is long and bright with a hint of minerality.

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93 Points Vinous

“A wine of considerable potential, the 2012 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard bristles on the palate with energy and pure tension. Chalky tannins provide the backbone for this superb, highly expressive Chardonnay loaded with mineral notes. Bright citrus and white floral notes linger on the finish. There is a lot to look forward to here. I very much like the sense of energy. This is a big step up from the 2011.”
Antonio Galloni

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Harvest Date September 30

Growing Season 2012 has been described by many as “textbook perfect,” with both yields and quality being well above average. The growing season was long and mild, leading to even ripening, and harvest was completed before the first storm of the season arrived in late October. The wines from 2012 are expressive, balanced and delicious!

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Whole cluster, direct to press, cold
• Barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts; 6 months to completion
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 11 months in French oak barrels; 60% new
• Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2014