Something special is happening at Hudson Vineyards!
Without fail and with every harvest, the wine "reveals a Batard-Montrachet-like richness and hazelnut creaminess." R. Parker
This is the highly anticipated 2016 Hudson Vineyards Chardonnay. If you have been following us, you know that we have featured Hudson Vineyards as one of Napa Valley's best kept secrets for the past five vintages.
You may recognize the "Hudson Vineyards" designation on labels of some of the finest California whites. That's because Hudson Vineyards sells its grapes to a "who's who" roster such as Kistler, Kongsgaard, Ramey, and Cakebread, to name a few. That's an impressive resume for some of the most coveted fruit in all of California.
How do they achieve such consistent elegance and depth?
The winery is one of the few that has old-vine Wente clones (some of the finest, oldest and most prized fruit in all of California). And, behind the helm of Hudson's Vineyards is winemaker John Kongsgaard, a super-star in his own right whose California Chardonnays sell for $150per bottle, if you can find any.
Exotic aromatics of ginger and allspice. Young apple on the palate, the wine is marked by a hint of saline, pain grille, roasted corn, macadamia nuts and pear. Lemon zest and orange peel on the backend offers a vibrant finish. Fantastic!
Also not to be missed is Hudson's Extra Virgin Olive Oil (here). Drizzle on your favorite salads, dip into it with your favorite bread, or use as a finishing garnish on grilled fish or fresh pasta.
Both get a, "Wow!"
96+ / 100
Without question, Hudson Vineyards is one of California's finest Chardonnays. Produced from the "Shot Wente" heritage selection clone, the 2016 Hudson Vineyards "Estate" Chardonnay reveals grapefruit, pineapple and honeysuckle notes with hints of brioche, ginger and shaved almonds. The palate is bursting with spicy, tropical fruit flavors, framed by plenty of freshness and a satiny texture, finishing with great length and depth.
THE WINE ADVOCATE
95 / 100
"This is comprised of a blend of four different vineyards from Hudson's Home Ranch and Henry Road Ranch, all planted to Shot Wente clone. It was barrel fermented with natural yeast in French oak, 60% new, and aged for 12 months in barrel. The 2016 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard opens with wonderfully gregarious honeyed peaches, ripe pears and candied ginger notes plus touches of almond croissant, beeswax and orange blossoms. Medium to full-bodied, the palate reveals the most seductive satiny texture, packed with layers of stone fruit and savory flavors, finishing very long and very spicy. 901 cases were made."