2014 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Crossbarn

Year: 2014
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 90-92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
Price :
$27.95

"The Crossbarn 2014 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast is another knockout winner. A Sonoma Coast cuvée of just over 11,000 cases, the wine (made from Dijon clones 777 and 115 and the Calera selection) exhibits some smoky barbecue notes, baking spice, loads of blackcurrant and black cherry fruit, medium to full body, and plenty of spice, but the purity of fruit and lusciousness are head-turners, especially at this price point. The two cuvées of Crossbarn Cabernet Sauvignon are also noteworthy values.

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)

Winery Notes:
Located in the heart of the Sonoma Coast, CrossBarn is renowned winemaker Paul Hobbs’s innovative winery dedicated to crafting wines of exceptional quality and value using sustainable vineyard practices and minimally invasive winemaking techniques. These fresh, approachable wines focus on enhancing appellation expression from California’s most celebrated AVA’s, including the Napa Valley for cabernet sauvignon, and the premier cool climate coastal regions for pinot noir, chardonnay, and rosé.

Color: pomegranate violet

Aromas:
Wild red raspberries,strawberries and pomegranate, fresh herbs thyme/sage, forest floorand hibiscus tea.

Flavor:
Fresh and juicy, red cherries, raspberries, with a coolness of rhubarb, black tea spice.

Mouthfeel:
Graceful polished tannins throughout the palate led to a long savory finish