Paul Hobbs Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2018Regular price $65.00 Save $-65.00
Varietal: Pinot Noir
One of eleven children, Paul helped his father achieve a lifelong desire to transform some of the farm’s acreage from apples, nuts and peaches to wine grapes. Though his father wanted Paul to consider winemaking, he was influenced by his great-grandfather, Edward James, who was a doctor. Paul began to study medicine and entered Notre Dame University. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, his father persuaded him to go to California to pursue the family business and take up wine. Paul graduated from UC Davis three years later with a Master of Science degree in Viticulture and Enology. Larry and Richard agreed to sell him their grapes, and so the Paul Hobbs Winery adventure began with the debut release of 1991 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon designated from these two vineyards. Initially hired by Robert Mondavi for his advanced understanding of oak aging, he was soon promoted to the inaugural Opus One winemaking team. Following his Mondavi experience, Paul joined Simi Winery as winemaker before going on to consult for Peter Michael, Lewis Cellars, Bodegas Catena and others. He continues to be a leading source of information on viticulture and advisor to winemakers around the globe. Yet it was during this time nearly 30 years ago when Paul had a vision to craft vineyard designate wines from the most compelling sites in California.