Exploring the Wines of Paul Hobbs
As a winemaker, Paul Hobbs is highly regarded for his ability to identify exceptional vineyards along with his pioneering, innovative work with new and historical sites and regions. His success has inspired a wealth of nicknames among the press, from quiet trendsetter to prospector to truffle-hunting dog. First hired by Robert Mondavi for his expertise in oak aging, he then joined the Opus One team before moving on to Simi Winery.
Paul Hobbs’ focus is crafting small production vineyard designate wines from distinctive growing sites. Meticulous vineyard management followed by minimally-invasive winemaking techniques allows Hobbs to produce wines that express vineyard origins with finesse, complexity and authenticity. Paul Hobbs wines are fermented with native yeasts, aged in French oak, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Growing up on a working farm in upstate New York, Paul experienced first-hand the influence of terroir on the character of fruit, when his father had him taste apples of the same variety grown in different orchards several miles apart from one another. The diversity of flavors and textures made an impression on him and would later influence his approach to winemaking.
“As custodians of the earth, we respect Mother Nature and farm our estate vineyards sustainably to produce wines that reflect a sense of place. The idea is that when visitors walk among our vines they can feel the fog, catch the scent of the soil, touch the tiny berries and taste in the finished wine a connection with these elements.”
This week we have Southern California based Maria Brown in store. Maria has been in the wine business for 12 years. She began her wine career in 2005 working for The Henry Wine Group, a California based distributor. For the past four years she worked for Pasternak Wine Imports, a French wine importer who was owned by Domaines Barons de Rothschild [Lafite]. She joined the Paul Hobbs team in July and is covering the Southwest Region for Paul Hobbs Wines and Selections. Maria completed her WSET Diploma in 2013. She also holds a Level 2 Court of Masters Sommelier Certification and French Wine Scholar Certification. She has just been accepted into the Master of Wine Program. We’re thrilled to have her expertise and energy with us this week!
2016 Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Chardonnay :: Reg $35 Sale $32
The 2016 ripening season was cooler on average than the previous three, with lower daytime highs and colder nights. Although harvest started a week earlier than average the fruit quality was high given the even growing season. No significant heat spikes during ripening took place, yet fruit came in all at once over a two to three-week period.
2015 Felino Malbec :: Reg $25 Sale $22
The wines of Viña Cobos are the result of a shared dream inspired by the passion of California winemaker Paul Hobbs and two winemaking partners, Andrea Marchiori and Luis Barraud, who come from a wine producing culture deeply rooted in European tradition. Paul Hobbs first became acquainted with Argentina in 1989, and was immediately intrigued with the Argentinean terroir and culture, sensing a unique potential for Malbec and other varietals in the region. The inaugural vintage of Viña Cobos Malbec received the highest score to date for any Argentine wine upon its release in 2002. Since then, Paul and his Argentine partners have grown their portfolio of ultra-premium wines, which continue to receive even greater accolades
2014 Crocus, Cahors L’Ateliter :: Reg $25 Sale $22
Crocus is a partnership between internationally renowned winemaker, Malbec specialist, and “enetrepreneur” Paul Hobbs, and Bertrand Vigouroux. Paul’s work with Malbec in Argentina brought worldwide attention to the variety and provided inspiration for new styles to emerge. Additionally, Vigouroux’s family has over 150 years of experience with Malbec in Cahors, where the grape has flourished since Roman times. Crocus blends a single Malbec clone grown within three historic Vigouroux family properties on distinct terraces of the Lot River Valley.
Decanter Magazine contributor, Steven Spurrier, recently named 2011 Crocus as one of his six “Recommended Wines” saying: “The combination of star winemaker Paul Hobbs and veteran owner Bertrand Vigouroux has produced a fragrant wine with compact yet lifted fruit from the limestone soil and fine autumnal flavours.”
2013 Paul Hobbs Napa Cab :: Reg $144 Sale $126
Delivering great depth from a diverse set of top rated vineyards, this deep crimson wine displays sophisticated aromas of lavender, pencil shaving and black fruits. The dense, viscous palate fills the mouth with boysenberry, red currant, and cassis. The long polished finish is graced with subtle notes of cigar box and is fully rounded by the velvety tannins.
Get in the fall spirit with our favorite selection of Pumpkin Beers!
We start sippin’ and tastin’ at 4pm. Hope you can make it! Tag your pics #pickitupatpearl and #Neverabadbottle so we can CHEERS!
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