(2013 Vintage) Hand-harvested; picked at night Hand-sorted while still cold from the field; 5% whole cluster inclusion. 5-day cold soak, 15 days total maceration. Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts.Gentle punchdowns and pumpovers. Aged 11 months in French Oak barrels; 63% new Coopers: Cadus, Damy, Louis Latour, Francois Frères, Marques. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel. Unfined and unfiltered; bottled August 2015
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesIntense, highly concentrated, ripe-cherry fruit is the driving force of this flamboyant and lavishly oaked bottling. Unmistakably Hobbsian in terms of its richness, ripeness and oh- so-sweet spice, it is exceptionally well-balanced with a fine sense of layering that bodes well for the future. Big, but not heavy, and unstinting in fruit at the finish, it will win standing applause from those who favor expansive Pinots.
International Wine CellarLight red. Zesty redcurrant and wild strawberry aromas, with an exotic cinnamon accent. Crisp, lively pinot, with fresh red berry flavors, moderate weight and a clean, mineral-driven finish. A very linear wine with a bright, nervy personality.
Wine AdvocateRating: 91/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 168 on Dec-06
Wine SpectatorRating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 05/15/07