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Paul Hobbs

Nathan Coombs Estate, Block 5C

2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Release Date March 2021
  • Pedigree block and barrel selection from Block 5C of our Nathan Coombs Estate

  • Hand-harvested; indigenous yeast fermentation, 30 days total maceration; 20 months, 100% new French oak; bottled unfined and unfiltered

  • Articulates power and finesse, purity and brightness of fruit; fine grain texture, grip and structure, hallmarks of the estate

Paul Hobbs

Paul Hobbs, Winemaker

Let the vineyard express itself. Our vineyard designate and appellation wines are a pure expression of our interaction with nature and place, featuring Chardonnay (Russian River Valley), Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley & Sonoma Coast) and Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley). Paul Hobbs Winery exemplifies his vision and dedication to sustainability and his on-going quest to refine the art of winemaking with minimal intervention, yet meticulous care.
Country Born
United States
Winery Experience
30+ years
BS in Chemistry at the University of Notre Dame,
MS in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California at Davis.
Honors / Awards
Named winemaker of the year twice by Robert Parker.
Named “Steve Jobs of Wine” by Forbes Magazine.
Has received 100 point scores for wines 6 times.

Regarded as an international visionary for his accomplishments in the vineyard and winery, Paul Hobbs combines his childhood roots on the family farm with an innovative scientific approach to refine the art of winemaking. He is recognized across the globe for breaking with tradition and forging new paths in the pursuit of excellence; both in stewardship of the land, and the crafting of wines that represent the purist concept of place. Paul earned his BS in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame in 1975, and MS in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis in 1978. Shortly thereafter, he became a member of the enology team at Robert Mondavi Winery, and one year later, at the behest of Robert Mondavi himself, Paul was invited to be on the inaugural team of Opus One. A first trip to Argentina in 1988 marked the beginning of a South American winemaking career that carries on today with his wines from Viña Cobos, and his legendary status as the pioneer who launched malbec’s rise to fame.