2018 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
2018 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Medium-bodied, it’s concentrated and grainy with appealing juicy fruits and a long, lifted finish. Made with about 10% whole cluster, the 2018 Pinot Noir has a medium ruby-purple color and a nose of cranberry sauce, rhubarb, tea leaves and earth with a spicy undercurrent.
Russian River Valley Wine
Russian River Valley, one of the United States’ top-ranked wine regions, is located at the heart of Sonoma County, California. It is one of California’s coolest and foggiest AVAs creating a perfect climate for producing highly acclaimed wines from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The Russian River, which gives the AVA its name, is the second-largest river within the nine-county Greater San Francisco Bay Area. It is named after the Russian-American Company, whose explorers charted the river in the early 19th Century (eventually founding the Fort Ross colony a few miles north of the river mouth). Today, the region is home to a number of Sonoma’s top wine producers, including Kosta Browne, Williams Seylem and Paul Hobbs.
The river rises in the hills of Mendocino County, and flows southwards for 110 miles (180km) until Healdsburg, where it turns south-westwards towards the Pacific Coast. It is along this final 25-mile (40km) stretch that the first Russian River Valley vineyards began springing up in the late 1970s, and where the finest are still located today. Despite the AVA’s name, the river flows only through its northern edge – the majority of vineyards here are located on the plains between the towns of Windsor, Santa Rosa and Sebastopol. The AVA’s limits have been extended south-eastwards twice the past decade, further emphasizing this effect.
The westernmost Russian River Valley vineyards lie among the hills at the very southern tip of the Coastal Ranges, just 8 miles (13km) from the coast. The growing season here is one of the coolest and longest anywhere in Sonoma County, so the focus strongly on the cool-climate varieties Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The effect is at its most consistent and balanced along the banks of Green Valley Creek, around which the Green Valley of Russian River Valley AVA centers.