The Kistler Chardonnay contingent is far from a homogenous, barely differing bunch, yet this one stands out a bit more than most and claims the mantle of being the richest, most lavish of all. Its sweeping aromas of ripe apples, lees and toasty oak are echoed in kind by its very broad, highly extracted, mouthfilling flavors, and its sustained impressions of depth are compelling. It closes with a bit of vinous grip not found in its mates, and, if a generous, wholly fascinating wine at the moment, its potential for growth and increased polish with age commend a few more years of cellaring.
From one of the older blocks of the famous vineyard, once looked after by this winemaker, this wine is beautifully golden in color with a reduced, salty nose of caramelized pretzel. Robustly built, it shows fleshy, lush layers of honey and tropical richness. (VB)
The 2015 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard opens with profound notions of pink grapefruit, pear tart and green mango with touches of pie crust, almond paste, orange blossoms and honeycomb. Medium to full-bodied, it completely coats the palate with satiny textured tropical and citrus fruits, featuring loads of savory accents and a long, uplifting finish. (LPB)
The weight and power of the vintage really come through in the 2015 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard, and yet the wine doesn't feel quite put together just yet. Even so, there is good depth and creaminess to the tropically-leaning flavors, along with that super-classic hint of matchstick reduction that is such a signature of Hudson Chardonnays. In this tasting, the Hudson is a bit awkward. I would give it another 6-12 months in bottle. (AG) 93+
Though taut and zesty, this offers a light touch of smoky oak that adds dimension and depth, leaving room for development. Drink now through 2022. (JL)
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