2014 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Ellen Lane Estate

Year: 2014
Appellation: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 95-97
Vinous Media: 90-92
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.3%
Price :

"The 2014 Chardonnay Ellen Lane Estate exhibits more gravelly, wet pebble notes and loads of uplifted aromatics, including peach, pineapple, orange rind and lemon blossom. It is again a complex style of Chardonnay made from a cold microclimate.

Paul Hobbs has emerged as one of the great success stories in Northern California. He’s an international consultant known for his outstanding work in Argentina. He is also now involved in a joint venture in the Finger Lakes region of New York, so hopefully we can anticipate some interesting Rieslings and possibly Grüner Veltliner, Pinot Blanc and even Gewurztraminer emerging from New York State.

I had an extensive tasting with Hobbs at his winery in late January, and the results were all impressive. The tastings reflect the fact that, for Chardonnay, both 2013 and 2014 are brilliant vintages, and for Pinot Noir, 2014 may possibly eclipse 2013. As for the Bordeaux varietals, there’s no question that 2013 is the game-changer, as I indicated in previous reports, but 2014 is delicious and another top-notch success." (WA)

"A deep, dense wine, the Chardonnay Ellen Lane Estate hits the palate with serious intensity. Peach, apricot, honey, almond and butter flesh out in a succulent, creamy Chardonnay built on depth and texture. Today, the Ellen Lane is quite explosive. It will be interesting to see if the wine acquires a bit more finesse as it ages or later in bottle." (VM)

Winery Notes:
This small hill-side estate is the coolest vineyard in our portfolio. Brilliant pale straw in color, this wine has savory, herbaceous aromas that lead to a taut palate of nectarine and warm biscotti balanced with hints of toasted oak. A long drawn-out finish highlights the tension between bright acidity, minerality and ripe stone fruit flavors.