Paul Hobbs Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2005
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley|
This wine is our ambassador for Russian River Valley chardonnay and is produced as a blend from select properties neighboring our winery and estate vineyard. The 2005 is opalescent, pale gold in color and fragrant with citrus blossom and lime rind. Abundant, full-bodied flavors of pear juice, ripe apple and toasted almond coat the mouth and frame a wine of considerable finesse that finishes with pleasing minerality.
This is still a bit awkward, but rich and concentrated, with smoky, cedary oak now holding an edge over the ripe pear and floral notes. The finish holds a focus on the fruit. Drink now through 2010.