Paul Hobbs does make a more wallet-friendly lineup of wine named Crossbarn, and the scores for these wines are starting to rival some of his pricier bottlings! Named after the one hundred fifty-year-old 'cross barn' located on the Hobbs family farm in upstate New York, Crossbarn honors the values of hard work and integrity instilled in Paul from his childhood. With a commitment to sustainably nurturing the vineyards, while using labor-intensive winemaking techniques, Crossbarn wines offer a pure and youthful expression Pinot Noir. Assisting Paul in making this wine is Jacob Picket, a man who helped establish the enology program at the University of Missouri, and managed the university's winery and enology lab.
Produced using hand-harvested fruit from carefully selected vineyards within the Sonoma Coast appellation, Crossbarn Pinot Noir enjoys a similar elevage as its higher-priced big brother, including whole cluster fermentation, ageing in a small amount of new oak barrels, use of native yeasts, and bottled unfined. In fact, this beauty just received 94 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 1 point higher than the Paul Hobbs Russian River Pinot Noir that sells for twice the price!!
The 2019 Crossbarn Pinot Noir shines with an ultra-bright garnet color and aromas of fragrant strawberry, muddled raspberries, and a kiss of baking spice. Dark cherry and rhubarb are balanced with pomegranate seeds a touch of floral notes on the palate, with a subtle salinity that hearkens to its sourcing along the Sonoma Coast. Seamlessly integrated tannins and fresh acidity give the wine a distinct freshness throughout.
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "The 2019 Pinot Noir has a medium ruby-purple color and lush scents of dried blueberries and cranberries, with nuances of blood orange, forest floor and violet. The medium-bodied palate has grainy tannins and rounded acidity to support its layered fruits, and it finishes long and flavorful."
JEB DUNNUCK 91 POINTS - "Readers looking for a classic Pinot Noir that won't break the bank yet brings loads of pleasure should latch onto a few bottles of the 2019 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast. Revealing a translucent medium ruby color as well as textbook Pinot Noir notes of ripe cherry and mulberry fruits interwoven with sappy herbs, sous bois, and scorched earth, it hits the palate with medium-bodied richness and plenty of mid-palate depth as well as a racy, vibrant spine of acidity. It's a value-priced Pinot Noir, but I think it will benefit from another 6-12 months of bottle age, and I have no doubt it will keep for another 5-7 years. It's incredibly well done."