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Hudson Vineyards, Chardonnay

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Hudson Vineyards, Chardonnay
96+ pts | California's Best Kept Secret!
November 09, 2017

Calling all Chardonnay fans! Arriving in two short weeks, this is the new and highly anticipated 2015 Hudson Vineyards Chardonnay. With a well deserved 96+ points, we are hoping to have this wine in stock before Thanksgiving. Reserve yours today as this wine is very limited!

You may recognize the "Hudson Vineyards" designation on labels on 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.

We are not surprised with the press. 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. Without fail and with every harvest, Hudson Vineyards keeps the best fruit for their own label and produces a wine that "reveals a Batard-Montrachet-like richness and hazelnut creaminess." R. Parker

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 $120 per 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). It too is arriving in a few weeks. Drizzle on your favorite salads, dip into it with your favorite bread, or use as a finishing garnish on grilled fish or fresh pasta. Wow!



96+ / 100

"Produced from the “Shot Wente” heritage selection clone and all naturally fermented in French oak, 85% new, where it was aged for 12 months, the 2015 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard reveals intense grapefruit, pineapple and honeysuckle notes with hints of brioche, ginger and shaved almonds. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is bursting with spicy, tropical fruit flavors, framed by plenty of freshness and a satiny texture, finishing with great length and depth. 1,000 cases were made."

Product Details

Producer: Hudson Vineyards

Country: United States

Region: California

Sub Region: Napa Valley

Varietal: Chardonnay

Vintage: 2015

Size: 750ml

Code: W4293-3