International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91($65) Yellow-gold. Intensely perfumed nose offers spicy, floral-accented citrus and pear. Notes of chamomile and jasmine add complexity to ripe, vivid pear and yellow plum flavors, which pick up a licorice note on the back. This has excellent length and precision, finishing on a gently spicy note.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: May/June 2007
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92Rich and concentrated, with plenty of ripe fig, melon and toasty oak flavors, yet slowly unfolds to reveal elements of finesse, polish and depth, ending with a burst of ripe Chardonnay fruit and a hint of marshmallow. 653 cases made.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92The medium to full-bodied 2005 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard offers elegant, buttery, spice box, honeysuckle, peach, and tropical fruit aromas, good underlying acidity, and abundant power as well as richness. There are 675 cases of this cuvee.Author: Robert Parker
Self | Rating: 90Author: DaveF
Self | Rating: 92Apricot on the nose and straw colored. This is a big oaked Cali Chard with tons of fruit in the glass and the on the palate. With fruit this ripe, the oak treatment is just right. Delicious.Drink Dates: 2007-2012Author: Conrad K
Self | Rating: 93delicious; restrained at first,but opens up with lots of ripe peach and apricot gflavors with a well balanced,tart finish.Drink Dates: 2007-2011Author: Serl Z
Over the years, the small family of wines has grown to over a dozen as numerous new and historic vineyards have captured Hobbs' attention since that first vintage. The current wines are the result of years of perseverance, patience and experimentation in Hobbs' continuing adventure with wine. It is his great hope that the fruit-driven, complex wines he makes with his dedicated team will continue to appeal to many people around the globe.
California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 102 bottles owned
- 27 collectors
- Average collector rating: 92
(Out of 27 collectors)