2005 Paul Hobbs - Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

($70) Hazy greenish-straw color. Musky and leesy, with fresh Meyer lemon and tangerine aromas complicated by a hint of tarragon. Very creamy on the palate, with lush citrus and orchard fruit flavors, gentle acidity and a wild iodine quality that reminded me of what I tasted at Kistler. Full, concentrated chardonnay, with very good finishing power and length.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 132

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 94
Author: Conrad K
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/11/2009
Drink Dates: 2008-2012
Like butter this wine has a apple nose and delicious fruit and caramel flavor on the palate.

Rating: 92
Author: Serl Z
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 02/27/2009
Drink Dates: 2007-2010

Rating: 91
Author: PJ Haveron
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 05/02/2009
Excellent PH chardonnay as usual. Lovely straw color with grapefruit, melon and other citrus notes paired with enough oak to find a very nice balance. Great finish results in a good wine start, paired with scallops and other seafood.

Average rating: 92, based on 4 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

140 bottles owned by 59 collectors.

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About This Producer

When Paul Hobbs founded his eponymous winery in 1991, he set out to produce small lot, hand-crafted, vineyard designate wines. He began with just three - one Chardonnay, one Pinot Noir and one Cabernet Sauvignon.

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.

Wine Varietal: Chardonnay

Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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