2006 Chardonnay, Hudson Vineyard, Napa-Carneros

Publication

Ronn Wiegand's Restaurant Wine

Author

Ronn Wiegand

Date

November/December 2008

Rating

Four+ stars

Review

The Hudson is a ripely flavored, full bodied wine, with excellent depth, and a very long finish. It tastes of pear, lemon peel, créme caramel, vanilla, roasted nut, apple, and spicy oak.

Publication

California Grapevine

Date

Dec 2008-Jan 2009

Rating

92

Review

Medium-light golden yellow; attractive, forward, toasty, nutty, baked apple aroma; full body; forward, intense, complex, herbal, pear and green apple flavors; well balanced and structured; crisp finish. Developed with airing in the glass and deserves several more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended.

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Josh Raynolds

Date

May / June 2008

Rating

93

Review

Green-tinged gold. Ripe orange, pear and honeydew on the nose, with iodine and anise adding complexity. Deep and creamy, offering concentrated orchard and pit fruit flavors and bracing minerality. Becomes spicier on the long, vibrant finish. This is strikingly pure and persistent.

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Robert Parker

Date

December 1, 2008

Rating

91

Review

The three single vineyard Chardonnays are all from top sites, the Hudson and Hyde vineyards in Carneros, and the Russian River's Ritchie Vineyard. The 2006 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard exhibits aromas of green apples, quince, white currants, and honeyed citrus in an impressive, medium to full-bodied style with beautiful fruit, a subtle dosage of wood, and a heady finish. Drink it over the next several years.

Publication

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

Date

February 1, 2009

Rating

96

Review

Clean, bright, layered and well-defined apple, sweet citrus and creme brulee scents introduce this impressive Chardonnay, yet for all of their immediacy, the aromas also still on the youthfully tight side. The wine reiterates is twin themes of still nascent fruit and deep, promising character in its flavors that are both compelling in the near term yet capable of further knitting together to deliver all of their impressive potential. A year in bottle would be useful, but three years would be even better and are certain to be rewarding.