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2018 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

America/United States, California
Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
Country America/United States
Region California
Appellation Russian River Valley
Winery Paul Hobbs Winery
Vintage 2018
Color Red
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
¥8,580  (incl. tax)
Country America/United States
Region California
Appellation Russian River Valley
Winery Paul Hobbs Winery
Vintage 2018
Color Red
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
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Data
Closure Natural Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14.1%
Product Code PHP4PN--18
UPC NONE
Inventory In Stock
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Sourced predominately from our estates that are defined by their proximity to the coast and Russian River climate, the wine displays vivid crimson and aromas of violet, Morello cherry, and black tea. Velvet tannins on the palate ride along a juicy backbone of flavors such as cranberry, Blood orange, and Damson plum. The finish is long, powered behind a crisp acidity and appealing red clay-like minerality.

Production

Terroir

Soils include Sebastopol series, Goldridge yellow, sandy clay loam, red clay and coarse, gravelly, loam soils

Vintage Notes

After 2017 received record-breaking rainfall, 2018 brought another winter with wet weather that continued through February. By early spring, dry and sunny conditions allowed for an ideal fruit set. Mild summer temperatures with no prolonged heat spikes provided an abundant crop, leading us to make up to four yield thinning passes in our vineyards. The moderate temperatures extended into fall, resulting in exceptional phenolic development allowing fruit to slowly mature on the vine. Fruit was harvested a full two weeks later than average, delivering elegant structure, brightness of flavors, and naturally balanced acidity.

Viticulture

Vineyard
- Sources: Cleary Estate, Goldrock Estate, Schell Ranch Estate, Katherine Lindsay Estate, Roger Wishard Estate, Fraenkle Cheshire
- Clonal selection: 777, 115, 667, Calera, Mt Eden
- Rootstocks: 101-14, 420a, rg, swz, 3309
- Sites: Various exposures, and soils including Sebastopol Series, Goldridge yellow, sandy clay loam, red clay and coarse, gravelly, loam soils
- Yield: 2.5 - 4.5 tons/acre

Harvest
- Hand-harvested at night, shears only
- Harvest dates: September 15 – October 12

Vinification

- Hand-sorted while still cold from the field
- 9% whole cluster inclusion
- Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts
- 5-day cold soak, 16 day maceration
- Gentle punchdowns
- Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel
- Aged 9 months in French oak barrels; 43% new
- Coopers: Francois Frères, Cadus, Louis Latour, Damy, Remond, Billon, Leroi, Vicard, Tonnellerie O
- Bottled unfined and unfiltered; August 2019