Item: #229670
Bottle Size: 750ML


Larry Hyde and his family own one of the bestvineyards in Carneros. Planted on soils with lots of sandand clay, the vines yield small clusters, and only producetwo tons per acre, where other vineyards yields two to three times that amount!

ANTONIO GALLONI 93 POINTS - "Paul Hobbs is always in motion. In late 2012 Hobbs acquired a new property in Coombsville, Napa Valley's most recent AVA. Just recently, Hobbs announced an ambitious new venture to make Riesling in New York State's Finger Lakes region with Johannes Selbach. That is of course in addition to the many wines Hobbs already makes in Sonoma for his own labels and with his many consulting clients in California and Argentina. Fortunately for Hobbs, he can count on the talents of winemaker Megan Bacitich, who takes care of the day to day at Hobbs's Sebastopol winery. I tasted a number of terrific wines on a recent visit. Overall, the 2012 Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs are a little bit softer and rounder than the 2011s. Sugars were slightly higher, while fermentations proceeded at a slower, more leisurely pace. Readers will also want to make note of the Crossbarn wines (reviewed separately), which offer terrific value and quality."

"Another wine from one the best sites in this portfolio, the 2012 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard is wonderfully complex in the glass. Dark red cherry, smoke, tobacco, incense and game all rush from the glass. There is an intensity and energy in the 2012 that is impossible to miss. The 2012 stands out for its complexity and real sense of character. Rose petal, hard candy, menthol and wild flowers linger on the close."

ROBERT PARKER 92 POINTS - "Paul Hobbs has built quite an empire, both as a worldwide respected wine consultant and as the owner of his winery in Sonoma Valley. I reviewed his Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon cuvees in Issue 209, and on this visit I tasted through his 2011 and 2012 Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs as well as a few Syrahs. His wines consistently hit all the high notes, and Hobbs continues to be a serious talent. I particularly enjoy his Cross Barn, inexpensive Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The 2011 Chardonnays range from tiny productions of 138 cases for the Ulises Valdez to 3,600 for the Russian River Chardonnay. The 2012s all reveal the tremendous up-front fruit characteristics of this year along with surprisingly high average alcohols, and good fresh acids. Paul Hobbs has introduced two Cross Barn Pinot Noir cuvees, one from the Sonoma Coast and one from Anderson Valley. These wines use a tiny bit of stems during their fermentations, and spend four months in barrel, 15% of which is new. Tasting through these same cuvees in 2012 demonstrated just how gorgeous this vintage is across the board in Northern California.

"The 2012 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard is another seductive Pinot displaying lavish amounts of black cherries, pomegranate and plums, good acidity, a touch of forest floor, medium body and a long finish. Drink it over the next half dozen years."
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