2010 Failla "Hudson Vineyard" Carneros Chardonnay

SKU #1086727 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, pale yellow. Musky aromas of lemon curd, apple, ginger and vanilla cream. Dense, sappy and smooth, with terrific intensity and complexity and a sexy high-toned quality to the spicy citrus and orchard fruit flavors. Very pure, subtle fruit: not at all an overblown style of California chardonnay. Finishes with sneaky length. The 30% new oak punches up the wine's aromas without intruding.  (5/ 2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard wraps around the palate with hints of butter, hazelnut, roasted almonds, dried apricots and savory herbs. A textured, multi-dimensional wine, the 2010 Hudson is the richest and most textured of the 2010 Failla Chardonnays. Warm, resonant notes ring out on the burnished, expressive finish. This is a relatively understated Hudson Chardonnay, but all the vineyard signatures are in the glass. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2016. Ehren Jordan is one of those people who are maddeningly talented at many things. Jordan recently left his post at Turley, where he spent nearly 20 years making a dizzying array of superb Zinfandels. At Failla, which Jordan owns with his wife Anne-Marie, the focus is on cool-climate Chardonnays and Pinots, rendered in a range that approximates Turley when it comes to the number of different bottlings. Did I mention Jordan is versed in the classics and is also a licensed pilot? Jordan wants to spend more time at Failla, and I believe it, given the breadth of this range. Frankly, I canít imagine how Ehren took care of similarly large portfolios at both Turley and Failla while maintaining a sense of sanity. It will be interesting to see how things develop at Failla. The wines are already stellar, as I hope these notes amply demonstrate. Simply put, Failla is a reference point winery for the Sonoma Coast. This is as good as it gets.  (4/ 2013)

K&L Notes

"[Winemaker Ehren Jordan] goes way back with grower Lee Hudson who supplied Neyers Vineyards with Chardonnay and Syrah for many years during Ehren's tenure as winemaker there. Arriving from the rolling hills north of San Francisco Bay, [Failla's] first harvest of Hudson Chardonnay was whole-cluster pressed into French oak with about 25% going into a concrete egg. Seductive notes of salted caramel and pearskin combine with roasted hazelnut and brioche in the nose. The palate offers a rich, viscose texture nicely integrated with age-worthy acidity for an extended finish. Try this wine with escargots, oily fish and rich sauces such as beurre blanc or carbonara." (From the winery)

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M‚con, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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United States

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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Carneros

- Just across the Golden Gate from San Francisco, Carneros is kept cool by Bay breezes and thick fog, and has long been famous for cool-climate pinot noir, chardonnay and sparkling wine based on the two varietals. Warmer pockets have proved interesting and promising homes for syrah, cabernet and merlot.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.1