2011 Failla "Hudson Vineyard" Carneros Chardonnay
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.
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.
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.
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)