2012 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay 'Cuvee Agustina', Richard Dinner Vineyard
Vinous Media Paul Hobbs Winery, 2012 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay 'Cuvee Agustina', Richard Dinner Vineyard
"The estate's top selection, the 2012 Chardonnay Cuvee Agustina Richard Dinner Vineyard is rich, broad and ample on the palate, with a real sensation of phenolic intensity. Tangerine, apricot, wild flowers and buttery notes flesh out on the striking, nuanced finish. Next to the regular bottling, the Cuvee Agustina is bigger and more powerful, but not necessarily more complex. (92-94)" –Feb 2014
Wine Advocate Paul Hobbs Winery, 2012 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay 'Cuvee Agustina', Richard Dinner Vineyard
"The 2012 Chardonnay Agustina Richard Dinner Vineyard (165 cases) exhibits fabulous aromas of brioche, baking spices, poached pears, honeysuckle and white peaches. From the white volcanic tofu soils of the Sonoma Mountain AVA, it is a full-bodied, dense beauty to drink over the next 6-10 years."
Stephen Tanzer Paul Hobbs Winery, 2012 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay 'Cuvee Agustina', Richard Dinner Vineyard
"Light yellow-gold. Highly aromatic scents of nectarine and orange pith, with notes of anise, vanilla and ginger adding complexity. Intense pit and poached pear flavors become spicier and put on weight with air while picking up an exotic floral quality. Lots going on here! Finishes supple, sweet and very long, with lingering spiciness and resonating florality." –June 2014
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2012 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay 'Cuvee Agustina', Richard Dinner Vineyard Paul Hobbs Winery
Richard Dinner Vineyard is located on Sonoma Mountain, where the vines experience long, warm days and then cool down at night as they are blanketed by fog from the Pacific Ocean. This allows fruit to develop rich flavor while retaining good acidity. Soils are dark brown clay loam and gravel with a strata of volcanic tuft.
• Hand-harvested grapes
• Whole cluster, direct to press
• Barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts; 5 months to completion
• Concurrent, spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 15 months in François Frères, Seguin Moreau and Calvin French oak barrels (71% new)
• Aged sur lees; biweekly bâtonnage