2007 Chardonnay, Hudson Vineyard, Napa-Carneros

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Robert Parker

Date

February 1, 2010

Rating

94

Review

The single vineyard Chardonnays are all superb. The 2007 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard's light gold color is followed by sumptuous aromas of buttered citrus, a distinctive spicy apple note, quince, hazelnut, and subtle oak. The wine is rich and full-bodied with admirable purity and length. Enjoy it over the next 3-4 years.

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Josh Raynolds

Date

May/June 2010

Rating

93

Review

Bright, green-tinged gold. Intensely perfumed bouquet of orange peel, lemon curd and a hint of toasty lees, along with a strong mineral underpinning. Opulent, palate-staining citrus and orchard fruit flavors display noteworthy power but don't come off heavy; in fact, this is pretty lithe. Finishes youthfully vibrant and long, with strong notes of pear skin, bitter orange and spices. This wine and the other vineyard-designated chardonnays spent 19 months on their lees.

Publication

Wine Spectator

Author

James Laube

Date

April 12, 2010

Rating

92

Review

Intense and vibrant, this shows full-bodied citrus, melon, pear and hazelnut flavors that turn subtle and offer hints of fig and tangerine, while maintaining its velocity. Drink now through 2014. -J.L.

Publication

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

Date

May 1, 2010

Rating

91

Review

Showing strong kinship with its partner from the Hyde Vineyard, Ramey's working of Hudson fruit is, if anything, a touch tighter and firmer yet. Its leaner stance nonetheless in no way precludes it from being wonderfully fruity, and its brisk mix of lemons, green apples and wet stones makes for a most compelling wine all the same. It too is one for setting aside as it will surely unfold over time, but, if it wants age before showing its best, it is still easy to like now especially when lightly sauced shellfish is on the menu.

Publication

Ronn Wiegand's Restaurant Wine

Author

Ronn Wiegand

Date

Jan/Feb 2010

Rating

Four Stars

Review

The Hudson is fleshy and full bodied; a Chardonnay with wonderful depth and breadth on the palate. It is finely flavored (pear, honey, baked bread, lemon peel, vanilla, and oak), and very long on the finish. Can be aged a bit.