2008 Chardonnay, Hudson Vineyard, Napa-Carneros

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Robert Parker

Date

February 1, 2011

Rating

93

Review

The 2008 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard exhibits honeyed citrus, smoky hazelnut and buttered brioche characteristics in a medium to full-bodied, flavorful, rich, layered format. It should drink nicely for 4-5 years.

Publication

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

Date

May 2011

Rating

95

Review

When it is right, Chardonnay from Lee Hudson's vineyard can rank with the very best in the state, and this latest working from David Ramey is right in so many ways. It is a very full and yet very well-balanced wine whose immense fruit and flamboyant oak combine for show-stopping richness, but it is its impeccable, acid-firmed structure that separates it from a good many other very rich Chardonnays and earns it this month's top honors. Its combination of complexity, vitality and fruity depth is bound to tempt early drinking, but collectors be warned, it will only get better with age.

Publication

Wine Spectator

Author

James Laube

Date

June 30, 2011

Rating

91

Review

Complex aromas of hazelnut, citrus blossom, spice and lemon meringue give this a tight flavor focus. This is medium-to full-bodied, with a long, clean, lingering finish. Drink now through 2017.

Publication

California Grapevine

Date

April-May 2011

Rating

92

Review

Medium-light golden yellow; attractive, forward, toasty, green apple aroma; full body; big, forward, plush, citrus and green apple flavors; well balanced and structured; lingering aftertaste. Shows intense fruit and complexity (as do the other two Ramey wines in this tasting). Very highly recommended.

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Josh Raynolds

Date

May/June 2011

Rating

94

Review

Light, hazy yellow. High-pitched, pure aromas of Meyer lemon, green apple and honeysuckle, complicated by intense minerality and a hint of iodine. Incisive and focused on the palate, offering tangy citrus flavors and a strong undercurrent of smoky minerals. Very young and in need of some bottle age to stretch out but there's great potential here.