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2012 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Ellen Lane Estate

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SONOMA
  • 95 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • Variety
    Chardonnay

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SKU: 390813-2012-750

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$75.00

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    Bright gold. Smoky pear and tangerine aromas are accented by a zesty mineral overtone and a hint of anise. Fleshy orchard and citrus fruit flavors put on weight with air, becoming spicier and broader. Closes smoky and long, with intense minerality and a hint of iodine.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2014
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Features a core of ripe, juicy red apple, pear and spice flavors, marked by a pithy citrus peel mouthfeel. Ends clean, pure and elegant. Drink now. 347 cases made.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The 2012 Chardonnay Ellen Lane Estate, from the Russian River, is an exuberant, nearly flamboyant, rich, honeyed white revealing hazelnut, peach cobbler, caramelized citrus and delicate pineapple notes. Full-bodied, fresh and concentrated, this is a superb expression of Chardonnay from estate vineyards in Russian River. Like the Edward James Estate cuvee, it is a limited production wine of under 350 cases produced.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Pkaleta

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 Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena 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. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon 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.

Chardonnay is a versatile variety that can grow in a wide range of climates, and its neutral flavor profile offers a blank canvas for winemakers to impart their style. In cool climates, Chardonnay displays flavors of green fruit and citrus. As the climate becomes more moderate, flavors of white peach and melon develop. In warm and hot climates, aromas of banana, pineapple, and other tropical fruit are common.

The best Old-World Chardonnay comes from Burgundy, where it is uniquely reflective of terroir and can express many different flavor profiles even within this relatively small region. In Chablis, the northernmost part of Burgundy, wines are often unoaked and known for their minerality, high acidity, and aromas of green apple, citrus, wet stone, and slate. In the Côte de Beaune, further south, wines are typically aged in neutral French oak and have flavors of stone fruit, toast, almond, and cream. Burgundian producers pioneered the techniques that are now associated with high-quality Chardonnay around the world, including barrel fermentation, barrel ageing, malolactic fermentation, and maturation on lees. The best wines, from producers like Domaine Leflaive, Bouchard Père & Fils, and Domaine William Fèvre, can age in the bottle for a decade or more, developing complex aromas of nuts and mushroom.

New-World Chardonnay tends to grow in warmer climates than in the Old World, producing wines that are full-bodied, high in alcohol, and low in acidity. Use of American oak imparts flavors of vanilla, clove, hazelnut, butter, and caramel on top of peach and banana fruit. Look to Californian producers in Napa and Sonoma, including Kistler, Peter Michael, and Aubert, for the highest-quality versions of this New-World style.

Chardonnay’s versatility makes it a great option for pairing. High-acid wines from Chablis are the perfect accompaniment to oysters or clams, while oak-forward Napa wines are the best match for buttery lobster. Halibut, cod, and chicken breast are classic pairings with white Burgundy. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 23 bottles owned
  • 12 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 12 collectors)