2009 Chardonnay, Hudson Vineyard, Napa-Carneros

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Winemaker Notes

Located north of the Carneros Highway, 2 ¾ miles west of Hyde Vineyard, the terrain here is more rolling than that of Hyde, the soil lighter and more friable. This year's bottling is the third to come entirely from B-block, planted in 2001 to a Wente selection from the Hyde Vineyard, so the vines were nine years old this vintage and further developing their maturity. Hudson Vineyard wines tend to a more muscular, masculine character—broad-shouldered, if you will.