Again, again and yet again. So many beautiful bottles from Paul Hobbs, 2010, 2011, cabernet, pinot noir and chardonnay, Ratings of 92 and up from almost everyone. Hobbs is so consistent I’m happy to join his cult, at least make him my BFF. Paul’s secret whether he’s in California or Argentina is that he’s so careful and fussy about the vineyards all year long, but once they’re in the winery he’s a hands-off, non-interventionist. Wish I knew which I liked best. The ’10 Napa cab is deep with dark berries and wild lavender and as smooth as chocolate. The new pinot from the Larry Hyde vines in Carneros is a candy box of spiced plums and berries wrapped in silk. The Sonoma Mountain chard is rich, elegant and packed with golden fruit and custard. Take your pick. Or try all three and you tell me your favorite. Great prices on so much Paul Hobbs is a rare treat. Indulge yourself.
2010 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon …mocha, chocolate, violets and new leather. Despite its explosive personality, the straight Napa Valley bottling is pretty approachable for the vintage. I especially like the focus of the finish…. 92 points, R. Parker’s Wine Advocate
2011 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard …Botrytis gives the wine much of its intriguing personality. …volume, texture and viscosity. Passion fruit, sage, crushed rocks, exotic white flowers, nuts and a hint of nutmeg all flow through to the finish….
92-94+ points, R. Parker’s Wine Advocate
2011 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard …beautifully articulated. Pretty and fruit driven, the 2010 is laced with sweet tobacco, cedar, sage and smoke. …Hobbs has drawn out the density of the fruit but without any excess heaviness…. 91-93 points, R. Parker’s Wine Advocate