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 Vintage2007 Label 1 of 13 
ProducerPaul Hobbs (web)
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationRussian River Valley
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UPC Code(s)897941000158

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2009 and 2013 (based on 5 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Russian River Valley on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.1 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 74 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by atl10trader on 12/31/2013 & rated 95 points: Architecturally beautiful. Flawless construction. Flavors of the most wonderful buttered baguette ever made. Laced with citrus and Meyer lemon notes. Oak integration is balanced with a superb finish (1398 views)
 Tasted by pkatz on 7/3/2013 & rated 92 points: This was clearly the best showing of this wine. Flavors have rounded and softened but still bright and youthful. Probably at its peak. Lesson learned here: these chards need some aging. (2020 views)
 Tasted by Fullhouse on 4/23/2013 & rated 91 points: Last bottle of this vintage. Every time we drink this
wine - we know why. Never a disappointment - always a
pleasure. (2227 views)
 Tasted by WineGuyFL on 3/6/2013 & rated 91 points: Lemon, oak, butter. Still fresh and new. Maybe better the second night. (2305 views)
 Tasted by atl10trader on 1/20/2013 & rated 92 points: Chardonnay the best way. Tropical nose hints at banana, pineapple, citrus. In the mouth a slightly buttery feel, hints of buttered toast, melon, papaya. Paired with a salted pumpkin creme brûlée. Kaboom. (2448 views)
 Tasted by artist777 on 1/19/2013 & rated 92 points: Very nice clean Chard. The nose shows pineapple with vanilla. The palate has definite pear, honeydew and citrus notes with a nice buttery finish. (1430 views)
 Tasted by Bull Dog 21 on 11/21/2012 & rated 94 points: Butter, oak, lemon, honey... Great Charonnay it was as good as any in the same price point! (1211 views)
 Tasted by bzell on 8/8/2012 & rated 89 points: The first thing I noticed when pouring was how thick this wine was with a wonderful golden color and very long legs. Not very strong notes on the nose but what I do smell is oak and some green apples. On the palate some buttery minerals with tart green fruit. For a chardonnay it is very chewy with a long finish. The wine does not have a lot of fruit but has a clean slightly steely finish. A very good extremely well made wine but given its price and Paul Hobbs reputation not a high a rating as one would expect. A little disappointing but still impressive. (1298 views)
 Tasted by EMichels on 5/12/2012: Very typical Cali chardonnay profile; Good if uninteresting (1459 views)
 Tasted by drbdorfman on 3/30/2012 & rated 91 points: Vanilla, butterscotch hints of lemon zest (1639 views)
 Tasted by UpfromtheCellar on 3/17/2012 & rated 90 points: Best of the lot this evening and that included the Richard Dinner and the Ritchie Vineyards. The problem I have will all of PH's Chardonnays is the hit you over the head, smack you in the face, kick you in the shins intensity of his style. I liked this "simple bottling" best precisely because it was the least concentrated although I found the new oak almost overpowering at times and NOT a food to pair well with most foods that you might associate Chardonnay (at least Cali Chards) with. Disappointing. I have used this analogy before - the concentrated orange juice from a can - but it applies here and to the other two wines of his we tasted as well- Orange juice is swell stuff, I drink it for breakfast all the time. I take one can of frozen concentrate and add 3 cans of water. Note - I DO NOT DRINK THE CONCENTRATE STRAIGHT, even though I suppose PH would argue that it must taste just that much better. Often less is more but not in the case of the overly concentrated levels of juice he bottles up here. I noted lots of great amazing reviews so obviously someone out there likes this style (yech but good for you). I rated it as high as I did more out of respect for his abilities to concentrate, not the way I actually like it. I have dropped off his mailing list and have no plans to return anytime soon. (1495 views)
 Tasted by bacchus on 3/12/2012 & rated 90 points: pulled this off the shelf at joe canal after having attended hobbs dinner at stage left in new brunswick. shared with pat, ellen and mahesh at selkirk manor. i fould it a little hard to get excited about this bottle. perhaps my expectations were set too high. i wonder whether CT scores are slightly inflated due to halo effect. reading tasting notes from others it appears that this wine is maturing quickly. a little surprising for 2007 which i thought produced robust wine. a little shy on the nose. hobbs' wine making style is evident with very expressive fruit that lasts in the glass without deteriorating. i was expecting a bit more body. perhaps i would have enjoyed this wine more soon after release. (1207 views)
 Tasted by Henry Miller on 3/10/2012 & rated 92 points: Second time tasted in two year interval. This has developed considerably, from a big, bold in your face California chardonnay to something more Burgundian: medium body, supple, intense but expansive on the finish. In other words, very Sonoma Coast. Some flaws emerge at this point however: slightly harsh oak tannins, and a little too much sweetness on the finish. Hobbs' 2008s are better. (1439 views)
 Tasted by pkatz on 2/28/2012 & rated 89 points: Very good but not great. Fruit lacks sweetness at this stage. By sweetness I don't mean residual sugar but just a mouth feel of lush fruit. (1356 views)
 Tasted by TDud on 2/9/2012 & rated 92 points: I am a fan of smooth, buttery chardannays in the Burgundian style. This wine fits that description. Not a lot of citrus on the nose or palate, as many California chards have today. A little oak and butter on the nose and palate, with pear and a little mineral. A very nice wine. (1399 views)
 Tasted by youngvintners on 1/15/2012: excellent chardonnay. we mainly drink red and dont usually like whites, but this bottle has a lot going on. layered with peach and pears, transitions into silky butter and finishes with balanced oak and smoke. bought another bottle the next day. (1604 views)
 Tasted by johnnyo on 8/14/2011 & rated 93 points: This wine is a great new world representation on a fine white Burgundy. Medium bodied with great notes of white peach, apricot, vanilla and toast. Very pleasant lingering finish with perfect acidity. (2184 views)
 Tasted by pkatz on 7/17/2011 & rated 91 points: Crisp fresh and refined. (2314 views)
 Tasted by pxstone on 6/26/2011: Chose not to rate given how little chard I drink. Rich stone fruit - peach apricot, very well balanced acidity and oak. A very lush wine. The nose is floral plus apricot. Long rich finish. (2442 views)
 Tasted by flyinburrito on 5/13/2011 & rated 92 points: Light gold. Deep, pure inviting nose of fresh flowers, peach, tangerine and a hint of ripe banana. Rich, broad and juicy in the mouth. Nicely concentrated. Finishes long with nice lemon tinged acidity to round out the richness of the fruit. Lovely example of Russian River Valley Chardonnay. (2593 views)
 Tasted by flyinburrito on 4/3/2011 & rated 92 points: Bright golden color with a light green hue. Deep and aromatic on the nose focusing on a distinctive Meyer lemon note. Rich broad and fat in the mouth but not overdone by any means. Lingering flavors of minerals and lemon. Rich and a pleasure to drink. Quintessential RRV Chardonnay. (2722 views)
 Tasted by pkatz on 3/26/2011 & rated 91 points: Nice and crisp. Lemon and citrus. Tasty. (2690 views)
 Tasted by wineshaman on 10/25/2010 & rated 92 points: Loads of lemon butter, oak is in check with low acidity, very smooth long finish. Great stuff!! (3329 views)
 Tasted by gmonio on 9/30/2010: Yes.... (3778 views)
 Tasted by vino_per_tutti on 9/18/2010 & rated 88 points: J says: popped and poured! Typical California style: creamy, spicy nose of honey, almonds, vanilla and a little melon. Honey the dominant note on the palate, followed by apples and a little too much oak for my taste. Finish is round but satisfying. Stood up nicely to swordfish. (3435 views)
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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, May/June 2009, IWC Issue #144
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