Sometimes the most normal, drama-free vintages produce the most compelling wines. Such is the case with 2018, which from the beginning was a fairly textbook growing season. Vineyards thrived, with the adequate soil moisture, consistent sunshine, and a late summer which stretched well into September. Yields were generous, but given the nearly ideal season, so were the resulting wines. From harvest, through fermentation, and as the wines were going to barrel, it was clear we were witness to something special. Our periodic tastings of the wines from barrel were pure pleasure, and blending the final wines was more hedonistic than it was academic. The wines we produced from Hudson Vineyards showed the best that can come from this special place.
Blending 58% Syrah with 42% Merlot both grown on Hudson Vineyard, this is an intriguing, impressively structured and powerful wine with enduring grace. It opens in garrigue, iron and oak, with refined, supple and supportive tannins. Black pepper and espresso come to a peak on the long finish, meshing perfectly with the underlying acidity.
- Wine Enthusiast, 95 pts.