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Paul Hobbs Winery Chardonnay Kunde Vineyard Sonoma Valley

Wine Details

Vineyard

Paul Hobbs

Varietal

Chardonnay

Style

White

Wine Description

(1997 Vintage) Clear yellow straw, opalescent; honey, orange blossom, crème caramel, pear and apricot, spicy apple aromas; rich mouthful of ripe peaches and pear, smooth and lingering on the finish with a note of vanilla and butterscotch. The vines for these grapes eke out an existence on a small dry-farmed hillside block just above the winery.

Expert Reviews
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  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (1999 Vintage) Simply 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.
  • Wine Spectator
    (1999 Vintage)
  • Wine & Spirits
    (1998 Vintage)