2012 Tor Kenward "Hudson Vineyard" Napa Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1154596 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright green-tinged yellow. Captivating aromas of nectarine, underripe peach, apple, ginger and nutmeg. Sweet, silky and pliant in the mouth, with a youthfully aggressive quality to its peach, spice and nutmeg flavors. I'd give it a year or two to calm down in the bottle. Tor Kenward has never adjusted the acidity of his wines. Incidentally, Kenward is now working solely with heritage clones of chardonnay, which yield smaller crops. The Hudson Chardonnay is from a Wente clone. (ST)  (5/2014)

92 points Vinous

 Tor's 2012 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard wraps around the palate with lovely depth and pure texture. Honey, almonds, white flowers, nutmeg and tangerine all blossom in an expressive, layered Chardonnay with tons of personality. A warm, resonant Chardonnay, the 2012 will drink well pretty much upon release. The silky, textured finish is particularly of note. (AG)  (11/2013)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard reveals fresh pineapple, caramelized citrus and poached pear notes in its clean, fresh, exuberant, opulently textured, full-bodied personality. With good acidity as well as a judicious touch of toasty oak, it should drink well for 5-7 years. Tor Kenward continues to turn out a portfolio of wines with sensational quality. The longtime public relations guy at Beringer, he has decades of experience with some of the finest winemakers and vineyard sites in Napa and Sonoma. That thorough knowledge and expertise is admirably displayed in the following wines. This may be his best overall performance to date, although his 2011s were very successful for the vintage, and he produced many great 2010s as well. I tasted three bottled 2012 and four 2013 Chardonnay barrel samples. Tor Kenward utilizes highly regarded vineyards generally planted with low-yielding Old Wente clones. Rumors have always suggested these clones came from Corton-Charlemagne in Burgundy many decades ago. Tor has nailed the 2013 vintage as he has produced two wines that push perfection, and several others that merit scores in the high nineties. Kudos to Tor Kenward who is pushing the envelope in a dramatic and brilliant manner! (RP)  (10/2014)

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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, Mâcon, 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

- 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.
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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.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.