2010 Chardonnay, Hudson Vineyard, Napa-Carneros

Publication

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

Date

September 2013

Rating

94

Review

Following the Ramey style for Chardonnay, this wine is at once both on the nervy side and the ripe, somewhat expressive side. Its tilt towards a flinty note in its appley fruit is juxtaposed against a spot of clove-like spice and hints of caramel in its aromas, and again in its ripe apple flavors. It is nicely supple in mouthfeel with a citrusy edge that influences its taste more than it does its texture. Like its mate from the Hyde Vineyard, this one has all the makings of a wine that will age well.

Publication

California Grapevine

Date

September 2013

Rating

93

Review

Medium-light golden yellow color; attractive, forward, toasty, slightly buttery, baked apple aroma with mineral notes and hints of lemon and roasted hazelnut; medium-full body; crisp, bright, lemony, fleshy, pear and apple flavors with good depth and persistence; well balanced and firmly structured; lingering aftertaste. Very enjoyable to drink now, showing well integrated fruit and oak, and should continue to develop with a few more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended.

Publication

Wine Spectator

Author

James Laube

Date

June 30, 2013

Rating

91

Review

Deftly proportioned, this offers a mix of green apple, citrus and pear flavors that build momentum through the finish, revealing subtle oak notes. Drink now through 2019. 610 cases made. –JL

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Josh Raynolds

Date

May/June 2013

Rating

94

Review

Bright, greentinged gold. Sexy aromas of poached pear, peach pit and smoky minerals on the nose, with anise and sweet butter qualities coming up with aeration. Lush, waxy lemon curd and orchard fruit flavors pick up smokiness with air, along with notes of iodine and vanilla. Juicy pear and tangerine flavors cling on the impressively long, sappy finish, which echoes the lees and anise qualities.

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Antonio Galloni

Date

April, 2013

Rating

95

Review

A classic California Chardonnay, the 2010 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard bursts from the palate with honey, nectarine, butterscotch, orange blossoms and flowers. Rich, plush and totally inviting, David Ramey’s Hudson is a great expression of this famous Carneros site. Beautiful, vivid and constantly changing in the glass, the 2010 is wonderfully alive and classy throughout. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.