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    Ramey Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay 2008
    Chardonnay - Carneros, California

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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 95 Connoisseurs' Guide, 94 International Wine Cellar, 93 The Wine Advocate, 91 Wine Spectator

    Region: Carneros, California

    Varietal: Chardonnay

    Other Info: Boutique Wines

    Style: Rich & Creamy

    Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 110345

    Winemaker's Notes:

    This year's bottling is the second to come entirely from B-block, planted in 2001 to a Wente selection from the Hyde Vineyard, so the vines were eight years old this vintage and further developing their maturity. Hudson Vineyard wines tend to a more muscular, masculine character—broad-shouldered, if you will.

    Critical Acclaim:

    When it is right, Chardonnay from Lee Hudson's vineyard can rank with the very best in the state, and this latest working from David Ramey is right in so many ways. It is a very full and yet very well-balanced wine whose immense fruit and flamboyant oak combine for show-stopping richness, but it is its impeccable, acid-firmed structure that separates it from a good many other very rich Chardonnays and earns it this month's top honors. Its combination of complexity, vitality and fruity depth is bound to tempt early drinking, but collectors be warned, it will only get better with age.

    95 Points
    Connoisseurs' Guide

    Light, hazy yellow. High-pitched, pure aromas of Meyer lemon, green apple and honeysuckle, complicated by intense minerality and a hint of iodine. Incisive and focused on the palate, offering tangy citrus flavors and a strong undercurrent of smoky minerals. Very young and in need of some bottle age to stretch out but there's great potential here.

    94 Points
    International Wine Cellar

    Normally I see more stylistic differences between the Hudson and Hyde Chardonnays, but in 2008, they are more similar than usual. The 2008 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard exhibits honeyed citrus, smoky hazelnut and buttered brioche characteristics in a medium to full-bodied, flavorful, rich, layered format. It should drink nicely for 4-5 years.

    93 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Complex aromas of hazelnut, citrus blossom, spice and lemon meringue give this a tight flavor focus. This is medium- to full-bodied, with a long, clean, lingering finish. Drink now through 2017. 1,100 cases made.

    91 Points
    Wine Spectator
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    Rez-n-Tessa (6/2/2011)
    Outstanding! Ripe and concentrated fruit, creamy texture, really nicely balanced wine. Cannot wait to get more of this!

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