Wine Advocate 94-96
"The 2015 Chardonnay Ellen Lane Estate is a little shy at this youthful stage, offering pretty peach blossom and jasmine notes over a core of ripe apricots and spiced apples, plus a waft of brioche. Full-bodied with a great backbone of freshness cutting through the concentrated stone fruit and mineral flavors, it finishes with great persistence."
Vinous Media 92-94
"The 2015 Chardonnay Ellen Lane Estate has lovely aromatic top notes and overall freshness that play off the fruit nicely here. The Ellen Lane is often soft and open, but not especially complex. In 2015, the wine has an extra kick of complexity and dimension that is quite appealing. Lemon confit, white pepper, flowers and bright orchard fruit add lift. -- Antonio Galloni"
Owner: Paul Hobbs Winery
Clonal Selection: Hyde Wente & Hudson Wente
Plant Date: 2007 & 2008
Soils: Blucher and Josephine soil series; gravel and clay loam
Exposure: Western exposure
Yield: 2.9 tons/acre
Summary: The 2015 vintage began in late winter due to unseasonably warm temperatures leading to an early bud break, and thus an elongated growing season. Overall yields were lighter than average with smaller cluster and berry size as a result of cooler temperatures during bloom and the third consecutive year of drought. The resultant wines show increased concentration of flavors with wonderful balance and round textures.
Hand-harvested, picked at night
Whole cluster pressed while still cold from the field
Barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts
Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel
Aged 15 months in French oak barrels; 53% new
Coopers: Cadus, Damy, Louis Latour, Francois Frères
Aged sur lies with biweekly bâtonnage
Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2016
This hill-side estate located in Green Valley produces the most cool-climate expression of chardonnay in our portfolio. Gleaming white-gold in color, this exquisite wine has lively citrus notes complemented by white floral aromas. The palate exhibits harmonious flavors of honey-crisp apple and lemon with mineral undertones, buoyed by vibrant acidity for a long finish.
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If you are looking for Paul Hobbs, you will most likely find him in a vineyard. 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 a winemaker, Paul is highly regarded for his ability to identify exceptional vineyards, and for his pioneering spirit in working innovatively 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. Hired by Robert Mondavi for his advanced understanding of oak aging, he went on to become winemaker for Opus One and Simi wineries, and then consultant to Peter Michael, Fisher, Lewis, Catena and others. He founded Paul Hobbs Winery in 1991.
Paul knows that the essence of profound wines can be traced back to meticulous care and expertise in the vineyard. Meticulous vineyard management followed by minimally?invasive winemaking techniques is his approach to producing wines that express their vineyard origins with utmost finesse, complexity, and authenticity; in other words, wines with a sense of place. Fermented with native yeasts and aged in French oak, all are bottled unfined and unfiltered.