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)
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)
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)
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