2011 Chardonnay, Hudson Vineyard, Napa-Carneros
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Vivid gold. Smoky, mineral-laced pear and nectarine scents are complemented by deeper notes of smoky lees and iodine. At once rich and energetic on the palate, offering intense orchard and pit fruit flavors and a bracing jolt of Meyer lemon. Picks up an exotic tropical fruit quality on the finish, which clings with outstanding mineral-driven persistence. Showing more fleshiness than the Hyde right now, with its ripe fruit taking the lead.