Description/ Tasting NotesThe 2017 Chardonnay Ross Station Estate comes from old Wente grown in Goldridge. "This is the first fruit we harvested in 2017," Paul Hobbs says. "We harvested this right as that heat was gearing up before Labor Day." It has a lovely, restrained perfume of nutmeg-laced cream, white blossoms, button mushroom and a core of white peaches and apricot with touches of dried orange peel and crushed shell. It’s medium to full-bodied, rounded and lusciously fruited with fantastic layering of spiced fruits, mineral, savory and earth character, refreshed by vibrant acidity and finishing long on a honeyed note.
Winery Info/ Brand
As a winemaker, Paul is highly regarded for his ability to identify exceptional vineyards, and for his pioneering spirit in working innovatively with new and historical sites and regions. His success has inspired a wealth of nicknames among the press, from quiet trendsetter to prospector to truffle-hunting dog. Initially hired by Robert Mondavi for his advanced understanding of oak aging, he was soon promoted to the inaugural Opus One winemaking team. Following his Mondavi experience, Paul joined Simi Winery as Winemaker before going on to consult for Peter Michael, Fisher Vineyards, Lewis Cellars, Bodegas Catena and others. Having founded Paul Hobbs Winery in 1991 and Vina Cobos in 1999, he continues to be a leading consultant winemaker around the globe.
Region Info/ Origin
The Russian River Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in Sonoma County, California. Centered on the Russian River, the Russian River Valley AVA accounts for about one-sixth of the total planted vineyard acreage in Sonoma County. The appellation was granted AVA status in 1983 and enlarged in 2005. The area generally lies between Sebastopol and Santa Rosa in the south, and Forestville and Healdsburg in the north. The Russian River Valley has a characteristically cool climate, heavily affected by fog generated by the valley's proximity to the Pacific Ocean. The area is known for its success with cool climate varietals, notably Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.