2014 Failla "Hudson Vineyard" Napa Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1268546 91-94 points Vinous

 The 2014 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard is another wine endowed with superb depth, pedigree and intensity. Tasted from tank just before bottling, the Hudson is super-impressive. This is another Chardonnay where structure and intensity are the principal signatures. The 2014 should develop beautifully in bottle, as it has tons of depth, not to mention considerable personality. My tasting at Failla was one of the highlights of the two weeks I spent in Sonoma earlier this year. Ehren Jordan's 2014s are superb across the board. The wines are made in a mid-weight style that balances forward fruit with the aromatics and phenolics that these cooler sites tend to confer on their own. The Pinots see around 10-20% whole clusters, which is just enough to give them attractive top notes without being overt. Essentially, theFailla wines truly capture an ideal of what the often-overused term 'balance' is all about. Most of the 2014s were in bottle when I stopped by but a few wines were scheduled to be bottled shortly thereafter. Those wines are scored in brackets. Never one to mince words, Jordan describes 2013 as the biggest crop California has ever seen. Yields were down by around 30% in 2014, which is one of the reasons these wines are so much stronger than the 2013s across the board. Simply put, 2014 is one of the most impressive vintages I have tasted at Failla. (AG)  (1/2016)

Wine Spectator

 Offers subtle shades of nuance and complexity, building from light creamy oak to tangy tangerine and honeydew flavors. Most intriguing on the finish, where the flavors fan out and gain depth. (JL, Web-2016)

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- 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√Ęcon, 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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- 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.


- 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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- 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.