If you are already a fan of Paul Hobbs, you already know about the quality of wines he produces. If not, then one you want to try is the Crossbarn 2013 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. This is a delightful Chard and is representative of the fine wines Hobbs consistently places in the market.
The 2013 Chardonnay is a light and well balanced white. For those who are looking for a heavily-oaked Chardonnay, this is not your wine. However, if you are looking for a Chardonnay which is not only easily drinkable but also adaptable to pairings with a variety of dishes, this is one to choose.
The 2013 Crossbarn was directly from the Sonoma Appellation. These grapes were handpicked and processed whole cluster. The berries went directly from vine to press, no layover times were involved prior to the actual press.
After the whole cluster press, 80% of the juice was fermented in stainless tanks, 20% went to French oak barrels. As is usual with Paul Hobbs, the fermentation was 100% malolactic.
The 2013 Chardonnay benefited for a good growing season. Even temperatures throughout the Spring and Summer gave the berries a constant opportunity to get maximum growth. Prior to harvest, the vines had proper shade and benefited from the great weather. Harvest was done with the berries being picked at their prime.
The bottling for the 2013 Chardonnay was completed in March, 2014. With the wine stored for 6 months prior to bottling, it comes across as a fruity, and as previously stated, lightly oaked Chard. On the nose, the 2013 speaks of pear, and on the palate, a sensation of apricots.
This is a delightful wine and Paul Hobbs has once again produced a very drinkable, light and enjoyable Chardonnay. It is worth seeking out at your favorite wine store; you will be delighted when you indulge.
Have a winederful day!