2010 Failla "Hudson Vineyard" Carneros Chardonnay
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.
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 can’t 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.
"[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)