2003 Chardonnay, Hudson Vineyard, Napa-Carneros

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Stephen Tanzer

Date

May / June 2006

Rating

94

Review

Pale yellow-green color. Wonderfully complex nose offers lime, peach, iodine, minerals, vanilla cream, truffle, smoke, hazelnut and earth. Sweet and lush yet light on its feet; this is actually the lowest in residual sugar of these vineyard-designated chardonnays, though all of them are under one gram per liter. Intriguing notes of biscuit and caramel. Saline and soil-inflected wine, with a long, chewy finish.

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Robert Parker

Date

December 1, 2005

Rating

92

Review

This is always the most evolved cuvee. It exhibits notes of tropical fruits lemons, oranges, and tangerines, medium to full body, and a lusty, heady, extroverted style that is unmistakably California in orientation.

Publication

California Grapevine

Date

April-May 2006

Rating

90

Review

Medium-light golden yellow; earthy, spicy, baked apple aroma with a note of cinnamon; tight, crisp lemony, green apple flavors with firm acidity; full body; somewhat hard and harsh on the finish; lingering aftertaste. Developed with airing in the glass though could use another year or two of bottle aging. Very highly recommended.