1999 Paul Hobbs Winery Chardonnay Kunde Vineyard Sonoma Valley
Explosive aromas of fresh cut fig, crème brulee, and toasty oatmeal. The palate is filled with rich, pure bosc pear, ripe yellow-delicious apple, mandarin orange, and toffee flavors. Distinct oak tones are well integrated and create a harmonious mouth-feel. This powerful, concentrated wine has a long, lingering finish.Alcohol 14.5%
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesSimply spilling over with rich oak spice, ripe fruit and close to pungent toastiness in the nose, this unrestrained display of all-out winemaking is every bit as big, fat and unsubtle in flavor as promised. Late-arriving acidity counters the wine's tendencies to corpulence, and the slightly edgy finish gets a little coarse and overly keyed on oak. Fans of blockbuster Chardonnays will be more than happy here, but another year of softening should make a good thing even better.
Vintage ChartRating for United States-California: 89 (slightly better than average year)<br/><br/>Drinkability: drink now<br/>