Wine Advocate Paul Hobbs Winery, 2014 Paul Hobbs Pinot Ulises Valdez Vineyard
"The three most limited cuvées of Pinot Noir in 2014 include the 2014 Pinot Noir Ulises Valdez, which has a dense purple color (looking more like Cabernet than Pinot), a terrific nose of rose petals, blueberries and black raspberries, an opulent, even sumptuous texture, and a full-bodied finish. This is a sensational Pinot to drink over the next 10-15 years." –Mar 2016
Vinous Paul Hobbs Winery, 2014 Paul Hobbs Pinot Ulises Valdez Vineyard
"The 2014 Pinot Noir Ulises Valdez Vineyard is a deep, authoritative wine. Savory herb, tobacco, licorice and spice notes give the wine its earthy, savory personality. Aromatic and powerful at the same time, the 2014 needs a bit of time to unwind, but it is deeply expressive. There is more than enough underlying structure to support a handful of years of cellaring, perhaps more. The 2014 is powerful and a bit wild, with slightly rustic tannins, but it also has tons of personality. This is the last vintage of the Ulises Valdez for Paul Hobbs."
Paul Hobbs Winery, 2014 Paul Hobbs Pinot Ulises Valdez Vineyard
The Ulises Valdez Vineyard offers contoured northern and southern exposures with Sebastopol Series Goldridge yellow and sandy clay loam soils. Hand-harvested fruit is picked at night and hand-sorted while still cold from the field.
The fruit undergoes 7% whole cluster inclusion with a 5-day cold soak and 16 days total maceration. It is fermented in small, open-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts and gentle punchdowns and pumpovers. It ages 15 months in French oak barrels (65% new) with spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels.
2014 was the third straight outstanding growing season in a row, following the excellent 2012 and 2013 vintages. Dry winter and spring conditions limited canopy vigor, and a warm growing season with a lack of extreme heat spikes resulted in prolonged, even ripening through harvest. The resulting wines possess great site specificity, depth and quality.