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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 7 
TypeRed
ProducerPaul Hobbs (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationRussian River Valley
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Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2017 (based on 9 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Russian River Valley on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.8 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 65 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by cannym on 7/20/2014 & rated 89 points: Very deep garnet. Big pinot. Lots of rather dark berry fruit. Some smoke, some redcurrant. Bit forceful and monolithic but in a surprisingly enjoyable way. Tannins nice and smooth, acidity fairly low but sufficient. Didn't change much. Can't see this fading away any time soon. (418 views)
 Tasted by AIB on 1/1/2014 & rated 90 points: I have always loved this wine and think it continues to show well and drink well. Not typical pinot noir (no sourness to it), fruity and dark. (1175 views)
 Tasted by underwds on 10/26/2013 & rated 86 points: Muted fruit, cherry & plum if you really work at it. Some nice earthiness, and a pleasant acid on the finish, but no real structure and without a fruitiness to start just come across as meh. (1374 views)
 Tasted by Snelson1154 on 6/30/2013 & rated 88 points: Is this pinot? The wine is Syrah and Granache like. I could have mistaken this for a rhone. It has good fruit but not what I look for in a pinot. Cherry, cola, spice. Decent finish. (1878 views)
 Tasted by HFA on 5/27/2013 & rated 91 points: - Brick color with medium forming legs. It's balanced with a medium/full body. Smooth texture with a medium finish. (1990 views)
 Tasted by wffinn on 1/16/2013 & rated 92 points: Served with a cheese fondue. Decanted for two hours prior to pouring. Deep barnyard bouquet followed by a burst of fruit. Nicely balanced with a lingering finish. (2380 views)
 Tasted by gbm on 11/22/2012: Thanksgiving 2012 (The Old Homestead): Thanksgiving - Still think it's overrated. Dark garnet, almost purple. Plum, black cherry and cedar on the nose. Still opens with a fizz. Tastes like cherry cola for the first half hour. That bubbles off and you are left with a (dark red) fruit forward wine. It's a little too much for me - almost syrah-like. Blind I might think it was an Aussie shiraz, but I would wonder where the tannins went. Anyway, medium to full bodied, moderate acidity and a medium to long finish. General consensus was that it improved over time, went well with the bird, but never rose above numer 2 for the night. (2225 views)
 Tasted by Snelson1154 on 11/4/2012 & rated 89 points: Good fruit but I agree with Expensive Hobby on this one. "The fizziness" makes this feel like a cocktail. (2050 views)
 Tasted by AIB on 10/13/2012 & rated 92 points: Still love this bottle. Consistent with other bottles and review. Perhaps a bot more complex than last time. I have 6 left and don't think they will be gaining much over the next few years. I think this is more or less at its peak +2 years at most. I will never know because I will drink y remaining bottles before finding out,. (1826 views)
 Tasted by expensivehobby on 4/3/2012 flawed bottle: Encountered same fizziness as in prior notes. Generally unpleasant. (3062 views)
 Tasted by Dbesserer on 3/31/2012 flawed bottle: Corked (2358 views)
 Tasted by Dbesserer on 3/31/2012 flawed bottle: Corked again
(2548 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 3/21/2012: As sexy as it always is. Maybe a touch bitter on the back end. Just opened. We shall see where it goes. (2464 views)
 Tasted by Teejay3726 on 3/13/2012 & rated 91 points: Black pepper on the nose, dark berry fruits mid palate with a lively if not as long as I would like finish that has a hint of black licorice. (2354 views)
 Tasted by tomherer on 3/11/2012 & rated 92 points: Rapturous nose. Deep coffee, berry, and earthy mineral aromas. Similar flavors, although caught some of the "fizziness" mentioned by another taster, as well as some green notes. The green vegetal flavors quickly integrated into the coffee flavors, i.e, more like unroasted coffee beans. Tasting 90+ right now, but there's so much complexity and promise here, 92+ feels much better overall. (2809 views)
 Tasted by TDud on 2/10/2012 & rated 93 points: I did not think PH could match the 07 and 08 vintages, which were outstanding. He did. Another wonderful Pinot.

Lots of red fruit on the nose along with a hint of oak and vanilla. Cherry, strawberry, and tobacco on the palate. Silky with a nice long finish. I think this wine will rate a 95 in a couple of years. (2496 views)
 Tasted by gbm on 1/28/2012 flawed bottle: Oxidized? It didn't taste bad, but there was definitely a fizziness to it. No outright bubbles, mind you, but more like drinking almost flat Coke or Dr. Pepper. Wasn't undrinkable, but it sure wasn't good. (2683 views)
 Tasted by dnorris100 on 1/20/2012 & rated 92 points: Silky, silky smooth, medium body, nice lingering finish. Great red fruit palate but not over powering. Mineral and fruity aroma. Tannins in check. Near perfect balance. Wonderful Pinot Noir. Highly recommended. (2632 views)
 Tasted by RockinCabs on 12/26/2011 & rated 93 points: Another great Hobbs RRV. Sweet ripe strawberry, red cherry, sarsaparilla and baking spice. Hints of earthy herbs and florals. Mid palate/ finish exhibit some very nice blueberry and tart raspberry notes. Great crowd pleaser, and consistent performer. (3125 views)
 Tasted by Jab_343434 on 11/26/2011 & rated 94 points: Simply the best Pinot I have ever had. Lots of fruit, very well integrated. Less spice and vanilla on the palate than the 08. (3100 views)
 Tasted by Rteb1267 on 10/21/2011 & rated 90 points: Not as good as Dumo; (3363 views)
 Tasted by AIB on 10/15/2011 & rated 90 points: I love this wine. Pop and pour - terrific fruit and complexity. It just seems to keep tasting better. (3305 views)
 Tasted by ADwivedi on 9/24/2011 & rated 95 points: Deep purple color almost inky. Blackberries and cassis. Mouthfull of sweet berries. Little oak. Opened beautifully in decanter for two to three hours. No bitterness on the finish. Perfect stand alone pinot (3385 views)
 Tasted by soyhead on 9/11/2011 & rated 91 points: tasted blind
nose -intense floral, berry, cinnamon. fresh and amazing nose
mouth - very juicy, refined, delicious, leaves you with a berry essence. (3306 views)
 Tasted by AIB on 7/24/2011 & rated 90 points: Love this wine - wonderful fruit with great balance - this is a tremendous pinot for the price. (3546 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, The Best of Sonoma (Feb 2012)
(Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Russian River Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Josh Raynolds
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/June 2011, Issue #156
(Paul Hobbs Winery Pinot Noir Russian River Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
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Paul Hobbs

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Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.

USA

WineAmerica (National Association of American Wineries) | Free the Grapes!

California

California Wines (Wine Institute of California)

California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

Sonoma County

Sonoma County Vintners

Russian River Valley

Russian River Valley Winegrowers Association | Wikipedia

 
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