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2014

Chardonnay

Cuvée Agustina
Richard Dinner Vineyard
Sonoma Mountain

This special selection from the Richard Dinner Vineyard is opalescent golden straw in color, bursting with complex notes of rich spice, honeysuckle, lemon curd and fresh brioche. One of the more textural wines in the portfolio, this bottling’s depth, minerality and tension combine to convey an impression of restrained power. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 73% new.

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93 Points Vinous

“From a site on Sonoma Mountain, the 2014 Chardonnay Cuvée Agustina Richard Dinner Vineyard expresses all the signatures of the Paul Hobbs style. Ample and creamy, with a real sense of mountain structure, the Agustina possesses striking depth and intensity from the naturally low yields on this site. Dried pear, brioche, sage and wild flowers shape this deep, layered Chardonnay.”
Antonio Galloni

98+ Points Wine Advocate

“The 2014 Chardonnay Cuvee Agustina Richard Dinner Vineyard is a little mute at the moment with ripe peaches, exotic spices and ginger over a tropical core of pineapples and guava, with wafts of brioche and aniseed. The palate is full-on rich and buxom, with a little cedar peeking through the densely packed tropical fruits and savory layers, supported by a lively backbone and finishing epically with minerals.”
Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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Harvest Date September 22nd

Growing Season 2014 was the third straight outstanding growing season in a row, following the excellent 2012 and 2013 vintages. Dry winter and spring conditions limited canopy vigor, and a warm growing season with a lack of extreme heat spikes resulted in prolonged, even ripening through harvest. The resulting wines possess great site specificity, depth and quality.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested; picked at night
• Whole cluster pressed while still cold from the field
• Barrel fermented with indigenous yeasts; 5 months to completion
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 12 months in French Oak barrels; 52% new
• Coopers: Cadus, Damy, Louis Latour, Francois Frères, Marques, Gauthier, Remond
• Aged sur lies with biweekly bâtonnage
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2016