Paul Hobbs CrossBarn Chardonnay 2014
Wine AdvocateThe less expensive label for Paul Hobbs is his Crossbarn label. He has done a magnificent job of elevating the quality of these wines, which are all made from purchased fruit. Take, for example, the Crossbarn 2014 Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast. There are over 16,000 cases of this wine, which is bone-dry. Ten percent is barrel-fermented, and the rest aged in steel, so it is essentially a naked style of Chardonnay, and the 2014 is just a beauty, with crisp acidity, notes of apple blossom, tangerine oil and honeyed lemons in an extroverted, beautifully pure and natural style. This is delicious, and a terrific value in Chardonnay to drink over the next few years.
The Tasting Panel"Smooth and silky with ripe pear and tropical fruit; juicy with depth and finesse, balanced and elegant. August 2015"
Wine SpectatorAppealing for the rich, vibrant flavors, smooth texture and balance. Showing a pithy citrus skin flavor and texture, this is smooth and easygoing on the palate. Drink now. 16,304 cases made.