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 Vintage2010 Label 1 of 12 
ProducerPaul Hobbs (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationRussian River Valley
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Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2019 (based on 5 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 91.6 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 60 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by SonnyChiba on 5/28/2015 & rated 91 points: Consistently year after year a solid pinot made in modern style. Rich and dense, dark color, dark fruit, very silky on the palate. Developed much more interesting characters after 3-4 hours. (120 views)
 Tasted by flussier on 10/25/2014 & rated 92 points: Robe de couleur: Grenat; Bouquet: Framboisé, cerise, raisin sec, boisé; Astringence faible, Amertume faible; Arômes en bouche: Fruit rouge, chocolat, boisé, framboisé, Doux, rond, belle equilibre, un petit peu trouble au visuel, bon accords, 2 ans cellier (387 views)
 Tasted by pmarlo on 10/12/2014 & rated 92 points: A very agreeable Pinot with sufficient fruit and structure. a different flavor profile than my usual Dumol and Kosta wines, but running with them. Guests who don't like tannic wines loved this. Well made and anticipated each sip. Not dense or syrah like but somewhat true to the grape. Recommended. (1086 views)
 Tasted by TheWineyChef on 10/6/2014 & rated 95 points: Great 2010, pinot noir, tobacco, chocolate, cloves and spice, rich fruit, berries and raisins. Silky tannins with a medium finish. Wish I'd bought a couple more. (1070 views)
 Tasted by Grand Gris on 9/14/2014 & rated 91 points: Excellent & gorgeous with cheese & light fare. (1084 views)
 Tasted by nortonnose on 5/30/2014 & rated 91 points: From 750ml, stood for days, then PnP. Nose and palate of faint raspberries - all very red fruit profile. Perky cola on the palate. Medium finish. Fun but uncompelling to me. (1686 views)
 Tasted by Schiffy on 5/15/2014 & rated 95 points: This Pinot just gets better with age. More depth and concentration of strawberry and cherry infused fruit. Like last year, hints of chocolate with even more silky smooth tannins. World class, collectible Pinot. (1513 views)
 Tasted by SMZ on 5/8/2014 & rated 94 points: So sad... My last bottle of the 2010. This wine has everything going for it... Aroma, flavor, perfect balance. (955 views)
 Tasted by SMZ on 4/15/2014 & rated 95 points: Phenomenal wine, plush, smooth and perfectly balanced. i'm just sad that I only have one bottle left. (989 views)
 Tasted by JS199 on 4/3/2014 & rated 92 points: Nice bright red hue. A rich and plush pinot that is a real delight to drink. Not too heavy or over the top in style. Well made. (951 views)
 Tasted by Davyd Chong on 12/20/2013 & rated 92 points: Very beautiful, flowery nose - this was the best part of the wine. Quite fruity and earthy on the palate. Had a bittersweet finish. (1357 views)
 Tasted by Derek Darth Taster on 12/20/2013 & rated 92 points: Not screw cap, bottle sealed with cork. Deep violet colour. Popped and poured. Absolutely loved the nose on this one. Mix of oaky, fruity, earthy, and a hint of roses. On the palate, deep raspberries and blackcurrant. What made me buy this was the refreshing "coca-cola" mouth-feel I got during the tasting. Good balance. Long finish. Some of my friends were bothered but a slight bitter note towards the finish. Didn't bother me though. Excellent quality for the price. Only gripe was that the wine seemed to deteriorate after 3 hours - tasting heavy and alcoholic, and the nose dissipated. (1265 views)
 Tasted by tfharris on 11/19/2013 & rated 92 points: This RRV is really extraordinary. Keep up the great work Paul! (1428 views)
 Tasted by bzell on 11/16/2013 & rated 88 points: I like this wine but I have had better Pinots from Paul Hobbs and given its price I would expect more with its lineage. The wine has nice notes on the nose of berries and on the palate, cola and dark fruit. Good wine but not memorable. (1239 views)
 Tasted by mda7 on 10/26/2013 & rated 92 points: beautiful Pinot, full bodied and balanced. (1330 views)
 Tasted by Schiffy on 8/8/2013 & rated 94 points: Unlike the last Hobbs Pinot Noir bottle, this exhibited great depth and rich dark cherry-like fruit. For a Pinot, this had an almost chewy, chocolate like texture and taste. Not sure what happened in the last five months, but I want more of this! (1549 views)
 Tasted by SMZ on 5/25/2013 & rated 94 points: Georgeous wine. (1840 views)
 Tasted by tfharris on 5/1/2013 & rated 91 points: Outstanding. (1880 views)
 Tasted by tfharris on 3/31/2013 & rated 92 points: Fantastic. Served with honey-baked ham and it was a perfect match. (1935 views)
 Tasted by yofog on 3/15/2013 & rated 87 points: A little more weight than the Crossbarn, but it's soooo soft that I just don't find it compelling, at all. It's nice, but it's a little too nice, ya know? (2025 views)
 Tasted by Schiffy on 2/28/2013 & rated 91 points: Rich sour strawberry with smooth tannins and nice long finish. Relly like this but not quite the same depth as the 09, particularly the 08 Hobbs Pinot. (1740 views)
 Tasted by SMZ on 1/1/2013 & rated 93 points: Lush and flavorful. Drinking beautifully now. Phenomenal wine. (1989 views)
 Tasted by 113 Waterford on 11/11/2012: Drank on Emma's 1st b-day! (2671 views)
 Tasted by RobertDwyer on 10/12/2012 & rated 91 points: I've been haunted (in a good way) by a bottle of the 2008 vintage of this same wine since tasting it a couple years ago. So I was chomping at the bit to open a 2010 I recently ordered from a retailer and had shipped a short distance. Upon opening, this wine was straight COLA. I happen to enjoy that in a California Pinot but the accompanying [miniscule] amount of effervescence really had me thinking I should have either let it rest a little more after shipment OR let it rest in cellar a couple years. At any rate, the flavor profile here is very enjoyable. Typicaly CA Pinot markings with some peculiar but enjoyable graham cracker crust and rum on the palate. I'd buy another bottle or two if I could find it south of say $45. (3207 views)
 Tasted by King of the Farm on 10/3/2012 & rated 88 points: Similar tasting notes as GoBlue2002 - Purple in color, not red. This had a mixed taste of dark and red berries, Blueberries, boysenberry & Rasperries with very mild spice. A bit too "fruity" at first, but this was a Pop n pour. After 45 minutes in the glass it opened up and mellowed, Much more approachable at that point. I would recommend letting this age for a few years before opening. Excellent wine, not outstanding though. I preferred the '08 & '09 over this (2721 views)
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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.


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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.

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Russian River Valley

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