Paul Hobbs was described by Forbes Magazine as the “Steve Jobs of Wine.” He’s a quality freak and has been named “Wine Personality of the Year” by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate an unprecedented two times. He was first hired by Robert Mondavi for his expertise in oak aging before enjoying stints as winemaker/consultant at Simi and Opus One. These days, he’s busy running Paul Hobbs and Crossbarn Wineries in California and Vina Cobos in Argentina. He’s one of the top wine consultants in the trade, helping wineries and winemakers all over the world make better wines.
Hobbs’ Crossbarn Winery is based in Sebastapol, in the heart of Sonoma County, and its formation was inspired by Paul’s childhood memories of his family’s farm. Four wines are made under the label (we stock all of them), and fruit is sourced from some of his favorite sites in the Sonoma Coast and Napa Valley AVA’s. Paul’s a pretty “connected” guy when it comes to sourcing fruit from top sites. His many years of working with top producers and vineyard owners have granted him access to high quality fruit from all over the Golden State, and it’s this fruit that goes into his Rosé of Pinot Noir.
The 2013 Crossbarn Rosé of Pinot Noir is produced using hand harvested fruit from carefully selected, cool climate vineyards throughout the Sonoma Coast AVA. The wine is fermented mainly in stainless steel (80%) to preserve freshness and fruit expression, but 20% of the juice is fermented in neutral oak to provide a creamy roundness to the wine. It pours a lovely, light, salmon-pinkish color reminiscent of the dry rosés produced in France’s Provence region. The nose is gorgeous, a mix of bright, tart and tangy citrus, strawberry, peach and rose hips. The palate is a continuation of the bouquet, balancing bright and tangy grapefruit, lemon and lime with creamy strawberry, watermelon and a touch of mineral richness.
As with all great pink and white wines, don’t drink this one ice cold; let it get a little temperature under it and the aromas and flavors will pop. Ideally, you’ll drink this one on your back porch before the cooler temperatures of autumn set in, but you might want to save a couple bottles to serve with Thanksgiving dinner. Trust us, you won’t regret it! Stop by and pick some up, call us at 828.505.8588 or email us and we’ll set some aside for you for up to a week. Cheers and happy drinking and eating!