97 Points - Limited New Release
Lee Hudson's vineyard in Napa Valley's Carneros region has come to be synonymous with some of the best winegrapes grown in California, going into some of the State's top Chardonnays (Kistler, Kongsgaard, Patz & Hall, Ramey). His own wine is fantastic but super-limited production. Grab some today before this delicious vintage slips away.
previous vintage 97 Points Antonio Galloni: "Golden hues hold exotic aromatics of pineapple, ginger, allspice and tarragon. The ethereal Hudson chardonnay has a fresh palate with mid-weight that is marked by a saline quality which is classic Hudson. Flavors consist of pain grille, roasted corn, hazelnuts and flinty mineral at the back end. For a wine of this size it is quite tactile and complex. A lush Chardonnay can make all the difference when paired with delicacies such as roasted chicken, grilled vegetables or lobster tails dipped in warm butter. Enjoy now and over the next 7 years. Delicious! This is simply stunning Chardonnay from the Chardonnay Master. Bravo once again!"
93 Points Robert Parker: "My favorite wine of this trio is the sensational Chardonnay which reveals a Batard-Montrachet-like richness and hazelnut creaminess. Made from an Old Wente clone and aged in 80% new oak (which it hides very well), this wine has good acidity and a surprising, rich, intense mouthfeel with lots of caramelized tropical and honeyed fruit. This full-bodied wine is fresh, which is typical of this vintage, especially for many of the white wines. It appears to have 4-5 years of drinkability."
Tasting Notes From Paul Robert, Master Sommelier FRENCH LAUNDRY: "All fruit came in before the mid-October rains. Stony, minerally nose. High-pitched aromas of fresh picked apples, and pistachios. A wine of in- tensity, rather than overt richness. Medium bodied palate, with mild creamy notes. A stylish expression of the Hudson style, with a mouthwatering finish of mint, roasted nuts and lemon custard. Quite long and pretty, more Cha- blis compared to the usual Batard-Montrachet nature of Hudson."
A new great-value Napa Chardonnay from the folks at PlumpJack's Odette Estate. Limited.
An approachable fun interpretation to Napa Valley Chardonnay! Aromas of citrus, tropical fruit, and acacia flower. On the palate flavors of green apple, guava, and quince, backed by refreshing acidity and a pleasing finish. We are proud to produce Chardonnay that we feel is a great representation of the broader Napa AVA.
North is the new label from the Central Coast Rhone Master John Alban. Extremely limited.
95 Points Robert Parker: "The greatest Chardonnay yet from Alban, his 2013 Chardonnay had just been bottled prior to my visit. It certainly was showing no ill affects and offers sensational, Montrachet-like notes of ripe apple and orchard fruits, toasted nuts, mineral and cream. Full-bodied, ripe, voluptuous and layered, it's a shame more producers don't attempt this style and settle for a mid-weight, overly acidity, more innocuous expression of the variety. Drink this beautiful wine anytime over the coming decade...These Pinots and Chardonnays all come from John Alban's estate in the Edna Valley. Without a doubt, these 2013s are the greatest I've tasted from him."."
Limited new release from cult Chardonnay producer Mark Aubert.
94 Points Robert Parker: "The 2013 Chardonnay UV-SL is made from two selections of Old Wente Chardonnay clones planted in classic Goldridge sandy soils. It exhibits the same greenish hue as its siblings, but is slightly more restrained and subdued. Notes of white currants, quince, poached pears, wet rocks and loamy soil nuances emerge from this terroir-driven Chardonnay. Drink 2015-2014...
...Mark Aubert is one of the contenders for California’s finest practitioner of Burgundian-styled, yet classic, California Chardonnays. His offerings are all made like grand cru Burgundies with full malolactic, the use of French oak and lees stirring, but the purity of fruit, the textural dimensions, and the stunning singularity of these Chardonnays can only be matched by a handful of other Chardonnay producers in the world. He’s that good. Aubert’s 2012s, which I have enjoyed multiple times out of bottle since I purchased most of them, merit the scores I gave them last year."