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2012

Pinot Noir

Russian River Valley

Deep violet in color, this lush yet stately pinot noir seduces with aromas of black raspberry, violets, sassafras, clove and cocoa butter. Juicy red fruits, earl gray tea, hazelnut and damp red clay flavors complement its velvet-like texture and very long finish.

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91 Points Vinous

“The 2012 Pinot Noir is rich, juicy, round and voluptuous. Dark red berries, flowers, sweet spices and licorice all flesh out in an inviting wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. This is a classic Paul Hobbs Pinot built on fruit and pure texture.”
Antonio Galloni

91 points Wine Advocate

“Exhibits sexy black currant and black cherry fruit, crisp acidity, a certain framboise character, medium to full body, and abundant texture as well as flavor. The good news is there are over 6,000 cases of it. It should drink well for 4-7 years”
Robert Parker Jr.

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Harvest Date September 17 – October 12

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
• Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel fermenters with indigenous yeasts
• 5-6 day cold soak, 15-17 day average total maceration
• Direct to press; 3% whole cluster
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 11 months in small French oak barrels; 47% new
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled August 2013