Blended from five parcels, all of which are planted to the Old Wente selection, the 2020 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard is entirely barrel fermented and aged in about 60% new French oak. Despite that, gently grilled pineapple slices make the first impression, not oak, with additional fruit nuances of white peach, pear and melon also appearing. It's medium to full-bodied but balances that heft and custardy richness with bright acids and a crisp, citrusy finish.
Stunning, showing a generous and smooth mix of vibrant, juicy fruit with lemon curd, peach and Fuji apple, hints of dried tarragon, a touch of sea salt on ripe melon and a smidge of buttery pastry on the long finish.
A fragrant nose of green olive, lemon grass, dried lime and subtle ground spice. Medium-to full-bodied and creamy. Nicely structured, with a hint of tannin helping to steady the well-ripened fruit across the palate. A zesty undertone here. Bright, but nicely mature.