Paul Hobbs Portfolio Tasting to Promote our Vintner Host at the Symphony of the America's WOTW Tasting at WWWB

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 07:30 PM

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“The best wine comes from home, wherever it is.”
 - Kirk Douglas, in the film "Spartacus"

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The best wine actually comes from where the best grapes are and in this day and age that means, California for this country and Argentina from South America.  These two countries are producing some of the world's greatest wines and Paul Hobbs is one of the iconic winemakers from both countries turning out more highly sought after wines than any other winemaker currently working in both countries for over 30 years now and we are delighted to have Paul as our vintner host at this year’s Symphony of the America’s Wines of the World Dinner and Auction on November 17th at the Hyatt Pier 66.

I remember the first time that I heard about Paul Hobbs.  I was working at Cafe Maxx and Jim Turner called me on the phone and said- "Andrew get some information on this guy Paul Hobbs, his wines are getting big press and we should have them on the wine list at Cafe Maxx."  So I called up Healdsburg information and asked for the number for Paul Hobbs and low and behold guess who answered the phone- Paul Hobbs himself!  Well, this was just when he was starting out and Paul did not even have a distributor for his wines at this point.  I quickly ordered everything that Paul had to sell and we were off and running with Paul Hobbs wines.  Cafe Maxx and Wine Watch were the first two establishments in the state of Florida to carry Paul's wines. 

Paul was one of the first California winemakers to focus on single-vineyard wines, Paul Hobbs took the challenge one step further by dedicating himself to crafting unfiltered and unfined wines, fermented with native yeasts.  His vision has resulted in exciting, structured wines that are rooted in classic old-world techniques and, at the same time, are distinctly Californian in their expression. And, he continues to be a leader of Argentina’s ongoing winemaking revolution. Not bad for a farm boy from upstate New York.

We are lucky enough to have been good customers and friends from the very beginning so we get everything that Paul makes here at the Wine Watch.  In addition to the wines we are serving this evening this offering also contains everything that is available from Paul Hobbs wineries in both California and Argentina.

This is a pre-event to promote this years’ event featuring wines from our Vintner Host Paul Hobbs.  Join us as we taste through over a dozen wines from Paul Hobbs porfrolio tonight we will be revealing our live auction lots and drinking some great wines along with a few tasty treats from Toni Lampasone at the new Wine Watch Wine Bar.  The fee for this event is $55 + tax and a portion of the proceeds tonight will be donated to the Symphony of the America’s for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com.

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Paul Hobbs Portfolio Tasting to the 22nd Annual Symphony of the America's Wines of the World Tasting Dinner and Auction at WWWB
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
7:30 PM

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2016 Paul Hobbs Sauvignon Blanc Crossbarn Sonoma County
Price: $30.00    Your Price: $26.40

hue, with vibrant aromatics of lemon zest, grapefruit and white jasmine, our Sonoma County sauvignon blanc evokes the scents of springtime. This energetic nose is followed by a palate lush with juicy peach, fresh pomelo, and deftly balanced by wet stone-like minerality. Crisp, crunchy acidity enlivens the lengthy finish, leaving the palate feeling pure and refreshed.

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2014 Vina Cobos “Felino” Chardonnay                 
Price: $19.00    Your Price: $16.72
Quantity in Stock: 7

Pure pale gold with green hues in the glass. Fascinating notes of Bosc pear, white peaches, passion fruit and pineapple, beautifully accompanied by orange blossom, white flowers and subtle notes of bread crust. On the mouth, it shows a creamy texture, good volume and bright acidity. An elegant chardonnay with a great bouquet, balanced and persistent.

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2015 Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Chardonnay Sonoma Coast
Price: $25.50    Your Price: $22.44

Daffodil yellow with aromas of bartlett pear, yellow peach and citrus/yellow flowers. On the palate there are flavors of juicy pink lady apple, fresh guava and apricot. The texture is creamy, energetic, long and salivating.

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2014 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Russian River Valley
Price: $48.00    Your Price: $42.24
Quantity in Stock: 24

The fruit for this wine is almost completely different now for the two labels and this wine has a very rich tropical fruit bouquet, lemon drop candy, crème flan and cinnamon/vanilla spice. Smooth and creamy on the tongue with layers of vanilla bean spice, a very rich and fruit driven wine but still has nice freshness on the finish. Finish 35+ Excellent

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2014 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Edward James Estate
Price: $82.50    Your Price: $72.60
Quantity in Stock: 11

From the heritage selections of chardonnay planted in our Edward James Estate Vineyard, named for Paul’s great-grandfather, this pale straw-hued wine boasts intriguing aromas of baking spices, Anjou pear, white peach, and exotic hints of ginger. Concentrated, rich and vibrant on the palate, layers of juicy fruit are underpinned by refreshing acidity. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 65% new.
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2015 Bramare Chardonnay Marchiori Vineyard
Price: $51.00    Your Price: $44.88

50% new oak, single vineyard chardonnay with a strong flinty minerally note, anise spice, lots of ripe tree fruit apricot and peach. Very rich and creamy on the palate with a nice amount of tongue tingly mineral flinty finish, very rich lots of fruit but lots of everything else and a strong mineral laced finish even more complex and layered on the second day. Finish 45+ Most Excellent

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2014 Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Pinot Noir Anderson Valley
Price: $42.00    Your Price: $36.96

Deep ruby, yet luminous in the glass, this 2015 Pinot Noir embodies the fog-drenched early mornings and sun-soaked afternoons of its Anderson Valley origins. Wafting aromas of freshly baked cherry pie are juxtaposed with damp earth. On the palate, mouthwatering briar fruit, wild blueberry, and fresh sage are delivered through a full, velvet-textured mouthfeel, and tethered by fine grain tannins throughout the lengthy finish.

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2014 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Russian River
Price: $54.00    Your Price: $47.52
Quantity in Stock: 16

Highlighting the terroir of the Russian River Valley, this deep ruby colored wine has aromas of cherry, raspberry, cola, forest floor and vanilla. Rich and round in the mouth, the fine tannins and fresh acidity give a long, generous finish.

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2014 Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Cabernet Sauvignon Napa
Price: $48.00    Your Price: $42.24
Quantity in Stock: 20
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2013 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Napa
Price: $105.00    Your Price: $92.40
Quantity in Stock: 20

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.

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2013 Bramare Cabernet Sauvignon Lujan De Cuyo Magnum
Price: $99.00    Your Price: $87.12

This Lujan de Cuyo malbec seduces with its deep amethyst andruby tones. The nose has great presence of cassis andstrawberry opening to joyful notes of caramel, white pepper,star anise, dark chocolate and graphite, enlivened with delicatemint and rosemary notes. Remarkably broad in mouth, thiselegant malbec shows sweet, firm tannins and a very long finishwith great persistence.

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2012 Bramare Rebon Vineyard Malbec La consulta
Price: $82.50    Your Price: $72.60

A single vineyard from the Valle de Uco . A good bit of peppery spice to the dark cherry and blackberry fruit on the nose. Very dense and rich on the tongue with layers of dark spices, rich ripe fruit and a host of tannins here at the end bittersweet chocolate and a long-layered finish. Finish 50+ Most Excellent

 

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Menu
Charcuterie and Cheese Selections
Shrimp Ceviche Shooters
Vietnamese Pork Belly Buns with Kimche
Roasted Baby Peppers with poached Quail Egg and Ciacci Piccolomini Extra Virgin Olive Oil

The fee for this event is $55 + tax and a portion of the proceeds tonight will be donated to the Symphony of the America’s for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com.

 

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Here is what Paul can tell you in his own words about his venture into the wine business:

"I was told, a long time ago, that the key to good winemaking is paying attention.

I started paying attention at an early age. Specifically, the day my dad brought home a bottle of 1962 Château d’Yquem and poured it into little paper cups around the family dinner table. The bouquet, the flavor, and the experience made an impression on me. I became passionate about wine and the vineyards that produce the wine. In 1969, I convinced my father to uproot a section of our apple orchard and replant it with wine grapes, and my father put me in charge of the endeavor.

My botany professor at the university of Notre Dame, a former winemaker at Christian Brothers Winery in California, encouraged me to attend his weekly wine-tasting seminars. I had enrolled at Notre Dame with the intention of becoming a doctor. These seminars shifted that focus, igniting what has become a lifelong career in winemaking.

I enrolled in the Master of Food Science program in the Department of Enology at the University of California at Davis. My thesis on oak extraction led to a job at Robert Mondavi Winery as a research technician. Valuable hands-on production experience resulted in a promotion to Enologist. Among other responsibilities I was assigned to the Opus One team, and in 1981 was appointed Head Enologist.

After several vintages with Opus One, I moved on to join Simi Winery in February 1985 as Assistant Winemaker. One of my first tasks was to author a new cabernet sauvignon style for the winery. Extended macerations and gentle handling of the fruit resulted in rich, supple wines that caught the attention of the press and wine-buying public alike. I was appointed Vice-President/Winemaker in 1989.

While at Simi, my interest in new and emerging growing regions, particularly the wine-growing regions of Chile and Argentina, intensified. It was while exploring these areas that I met Nicolas Catena. He invited me to return to Mendoza in 1989 to take charge of a new project making Argentina’s first world-class chardonnay. I accepted his offer.

At about the same time I began consulting for several premium California wineries, including Peter Michael, Lewis, Vine Cliff, Fisher and Chalone.

Having put so much energy into helping others improve the quality of their wines, I eventually felt compelled to take on the challenge of making wines under my own label. In addition, learning to understand other great winemaking regions deepened my appreciation for what is unique about California; its temperate, sun-drenched valleys, rolling hills and coastal slopes display seemingly endless winegrowing potential.

When I founded the Paul Hobbs Winery in 1991, I set out to produce small lot, hand-crafted, vineyard designate wines. I began with just three wines-one chardonnay, one pinot noir and one cabernet sauvignon. Working to capture a "sense of place" and terroir encouraged me to develop and refine a personal style rooted in tradition but embracing the ripe, forward expression to which the landscape and culture of California naturally lend themselves. Over the years, the small family of wines has grown to over a dozen as numerous new and historic vineyards have captured my attention since that first vintage.

Paul Hobbs wines were produced at shared facilities through 1998, when we purchased 19 acres of land in the Russian River Valley. Fourteen acres were planted to five clones of pinot noir and became the Lindsay Vineyard, named in honor of my great grandmother. In 2003, we completed construction of a state-of-the-art gravity flow winery overlooking the vineyard. In the summer of 2006, we inaugurated a private guest venue, Lindsay House, on the remaining land. In addition we have planted chardonnay at two neighboring properties, Edward James and El Molino vineyards

The wines we are currently producing are the result of years of perseverance, patience and experimentation in my continuing adventure with wine. It is my great fortune that the wines I make with my dedicated team have appealed to many people around the globe. The success of the Paul Hobbs label has only furthered my curiosity and drive to find new and exciting places in the world to make wine. So, in addition to making wine in California and in Mendoza with Vina Cobos, I am currently a consultant for wineries in the U.S., Chile and Argentina. I have recently added Hungary to the list as my newest challenge and look forward to many more."

Crossbarn is the label that Paul uses to introduce wine lovers to his style of wines.  This wine includes declassified fruit from all the single vineyard wine as well as some purchased fruit.

After hearing about how difficult the 2011 vintage was from many producers I was not expecting that much from the Crossbarn but this wine is one of the best wines that I have tasted from this very challenging vintage from Napa.  Here is what the world’s foremost critic, Robert Parker Jr.  had to say about this 2001 vintage:  “Few subjects are as divisive among winemakers in Napa Valley than the 2011 vintage. It was by far the most difficult vintage in several decades, starting with huge rain during the flowering, miserable weather during the summer and conditions that seemed to change every five minutes during harvest. Yields were minuscule. Winemakers were shocked by the velocity with which botrytis spread in Cabernet vineyards, a phenomenon many winemakers had never even seen before. Severe sorting in the vineyards and then in the cellar was absolutely essential. As for the wines, they are naturally all over the place. But there are also a handful of great wines, especially on Howell Mountain, which lies above the fog and therefore was able to dry out the rain. The same thing goes for a number of well-drained sites on the valley floor. Vine Hill Ranch and Las Piedras come to mind. The bottom line is that readers will have to be selective with 2011, but the vintage is certainly not a total wash. I tasted fewer 2011s this year than 2010s last year because the malolactic fermentations were slower in 2011, and therefore the wines were in a much more awkward state at the time of my fall tastings. It is also clear that winemakers will be adding some of the abundant and higher quality 2012 juice to bolster the 2011s, so I will not be surprised if some of the wines I tasted are a little richer next year.”  The Wine Advocatre

 

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