2011 Failla "Hudson Vineyard" Carneros Chardonnay

SKU #1139773 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Butter, nectarines, smoke and passion fruit all emerge from 2011 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard. A rich, viscous Chardonnay, the Hudson is totally alive in the glass. It is fascinating to taste the Hudson next to the other Failla Chardonnays. The 2011 is totally sensual and polished from the very first taste. Hints of mango and tropical fruit reappear on the viscous, oily finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021.  (4/ 2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (from the F Block, the same parcel that goes into the Kongsgaard chardonnay): Bright yellow. Aromas of mirabelle and medicinal herbs; smells a bit like Chartreuse. Surprisingly big, rich and sweet but with terrific acidity giving cut to the intense lemon curd, wet stone and wild herb flavors. Superb texture and energy here. Finishes with palate-staining length. The rainfall on June 3 and 4 drastically cut the potential size of the crop here, and the harvest took place very early, on September 7.  (6/ 2013)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 This precisely crafted wine lifts Carneros Chardonnay to a whole new level. Yes, itís pricey, but so complex and decadent, itís worth it. The alcohol is refreshingly low, the acidity is bright, and thereís a lick of steel to balance the nectarine and mango fruit, buttered-toast and cream flavors.  (7/ 2013)

K&L Notes

This is the best value for Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay fruit I have seen or tasted. The vineyard is shard with Konsgard and Hudson Vineyards, Failla uses the 'F' Block parcel of the vineyard. This is a super expressive, explosive Chardonnay with intense minerality and yet very elegant fruit. It's a powerful site that mimics Burgundy. Fermented in 1/3 concrete, 1/3 new oak, and 11 months on the lees, unfined and unfiltered. Simply delicious and balanced with great approachability for New or Old world wine lovers. (Christie Cartwright, Hollywood Buyer)

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By: Christie Brunick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/29/2013  | Send Email
This is the best value for Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay fruit I have seen or tasted. The vineyard is shard with Konsgard and Hudson Vineyards, Failla uses the 'F' Block parcel of the vineyard. This is a super expressive, explosive Chardonnay with intense minerality and yet very elegant fruit. Its a powerful site that mimics Burgundy. Fermented in 1/3 concrete, 1/3 new oak, and 11 months on the lees, unfined and unfiltered. Simply delicious and balanced with great approachability for New or Old world wine lovers. (Christie Cartwright, Hollywood Buyer)

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the 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.
Specific Appellation:

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