Paul Hobbs

Russian River Valley Chardonnay

9.1282 ratings
9.048 pro ratings
Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
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Sipping Fine Wine

Medium lemon color, aromas of stone and citrus fruits with floral and honey notes. On the palate flavors of peach and pears with honeysuckle, smooth with a nutty creamy texture, lively acidity. Medium+ finish ending with fruit toasty notes and savory citrus character. Nice value!

Medium lemon color, aromas of stone and citrus fruits with floral and honey notes. On the palate flavors of peach and pears with honeysuckle, smooth with a nutty creamy texture, lively acidity. Medium+ finish ending with fruit toasty notes and savory citrus character. Nice value!

Jan 5th, 2023
Matt Sterr

Quintessential RRV Chardonnay. Textbook and very well done.

Quintessential RRV Chardonnay. Textbook and very well done.

Feb 2nd, 2022
Cameron Parry

Big CA style Chardonnay, not my preferred style, but well done for the form.

Big CA style Chardonnay, not my preferred style, but well done for the form.

Jul 11th, 2019
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.1

Dinner at RARE Steakhouse.

Light golden yellow and a touch unfiltered. A bunch of lemon crud on the nose with buttery characteristics, baked apples and honeysuckle. Medium acidity (6/10) and medium bodied. Coated and rich palate with layers of baked apples, citrus, almonds and some minerality. Long well rounded finish. Paired perfectly with crab cakes. Thank you for the recommendation Chris. Drink till 2021.

This 2015 Chardonnay comes from six vineyards in the Russian River Valley AVA in Sonoma County (Ross Station Estate, Edward James Estate, Ellen Lane Estate, O’Connor Vineyard, Feeney Estate, and Dinner Vineyard). Aged sur lie for twelve months in 50% new French oak barrels and four months in stainless steel. Also goes through malolactic fermentation.

$$ - Purchased at RARE Steakhouse in Washington, DC for 50% off bottle night (every Sunday) for $45.00. Recent vintage retails for around $60.00.

Dinner at RARE Steakhouse.

Light golden yellow and a touch unfiltered. A bunch of lemon crud on the nose with buttery characteristics, baked apples and honeysuckle. Medium acidity (6/10) and medium bodied. Coated and rich palate with layers of baked apples, citrus, almonds and some minerality. Long well rounded finish. Paired perfectly with crab cakes. Thank you for the recommendation Chris. Drink till 2021.

This 2015 Chardonnay comes from six vineyards in the Russian River Valley AVA in Sonoma County (Ross Station Estate, Edward James Estate, Ellen Lane Estate, O’Connor Vineyard, Feeney Estate, and Dinner Vineyard). Aged sur lie for twelve months in 50% new French oak barrels and four months in stainless steel. Also goes through malolactic fermentation.

$$ - Purchased at RARE Steakhouse in Washington, DC for 50% off bottle night (every Sunday) for $45.00. Recent vintage retails for around $60.00.

Jan 29th, 2019
Shawn R

Really like this! Drinks well young. Pairs nicely with fresh oysters.

Really like this! Drinks well young. Pairs nicely with fresh oysters.

Jul 10th, 2018
Shawn R

Go to Chardonnay when dinning at one of our local restaurants. Needs to come down to room temp to show its stuff.

Go to Chardonnay when dinning at one of our local restaurants. Needs to come down to room temp to show its stuff.

Jun 10th, 2018
Shawn R

Solid AVA designation. Pop and pour.

Solid AVA designation. Pop and pour.

May 25th, 2018
Carl Fischer

Wow. Really like this wine. Full bodied, slightly over the top richness, honeysuckle, pear, buttery - maintains a crispness and a great balance with great acid. Ends with a long finish. Paired perfectly with whatever I had for dinner (which clearly wasn't as memorable as this wine - Kyle was cooking 😂).

Wow. Really like this wine. Full bodied, slightly over the top richness, honeysuckle, pear, buttery - maintains a crispness and a great balance with great acid. Ends with a long finish. Paired perfectly with whatever I had for dinner (which clearly wasn't as memorable as this wine - Kyle was cooking 😂).

Jul 3rd, 2017
Shawn R

Crisp, clean and so good!

Crisp, clean and so good!

Jun 7th, 2017
Gregory Fulchiero

Butter, pineapple, melon, oak kept in control - glad this wasn't acidified which would come off as "trying too hard"

Butter, pineapple, melon, oak kept in control - glad this wasn't acidified which would come off as "trying too hard"

Nov 4th, 2016