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A Visit from Winemaker Greg Urmini of Paul Hobbs Winery


A few of our wine managers had the opportunity to taste wine and hear all about the iconic Paul Hobbs Winery from winemaker Greg Urmini. They sampled through the newest Crossbarn and Paul Hobbs wines. Here are a few of their favorites:

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The Paul Hobbs RRV Chardonnay 2014

Puts fine French oak on display without taking the spotlight off of the high quality RRV fruit that easily holds it’s own in this intense but balanced wine. This is a wine of creamy texture and ripe stone, orchard and citrus fruits that show remarkable depth and concentration. The finish is long and minerally with great, fresh, citrusy acidity. This is a complex and complete wine.
– Chris Speir, Wine Manager, Binny’s Willowbrook.
It had coconut milk, apricot and a little bit of clove and cinnamon. Rich and textured with soft oak. Paired perfectly with the cedar plank salmon.
Laura DeLuca, Wine Consultant, Binny’s Glen Ellyn

Crossbarn Sonoma Pinot Noir 2014

Lively with bright acidity. It has notes of dark cherry and a hint of cranberry with a silky finish.
Jenn Scott-Poupa, Wine Consultant, Binny’s Oak Brook

Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir, Russian River 2014

Rich and supple, multi-layered, velvety. Bright red fruit intermixed with spice, long and enjoyable finish, great structure. Fine tannins in the finish. Worked just great with my filet mignon with peppercorn sauce.
Cindy Brost, Wine Consultant, Binny’s Downers Grove
An exceptional Pinot Noir! Bright cherry flavor with dash of spice come together with the well balanced smooth tannins and acidity.
Paul Boveri, Wine Consultant, Binny’s Willowbrook

Paul Hobbs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Wonderful deep color and fresh aromas. The initial taste was not your typical California big, fruit-forward wine. It was smooth, complex and refreshing. I loved the long finish and the absence of any harsh tannins.
Michael Baren, Wine Consultant, Binny’s Bolingbrook
Very striking. Aromas of blackberry, anise and baking spice jump out of the glass. Fresh ripe fruit and a rich mouthfeel backed with silky tannins and long persistent finish makes this wine a charmer.
Ray Udvare, Wine Manager, Binny’s Naperville

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