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The Hudson Vineyards
The Hudson Vineyards is a 600 hectare farm (180 hectares of vineyards) located entirely on the Napa side of Carneros in the south part of the Napa Valley, directly on San Pablo Bay. Hudson bought the farm in 1981 and soon after began growing vines. Nowadays he cultivates 17 different varieties, some of which are very versatile for the Napa Valley, among them Aleatico, Albariño, Arneis, Friulano, Ribolla Gialla, Verdejo and Vermentino.
Its vines are very popular (especially for Chardonnay) - just think of the growers, the fruits like Kongsgaard, Kistler, Cakebread, David Ramey and many others. Most of the fruits that come from his own farm are small-scale, family-run farms. Year after year, a number of growers who purchase Hudson fruits produce vines from the same bloc.
The Hudson Winery is historical from a wine-growing point of views. Over the years, his effort to create first-class grape varieties has attracted attention; in 2008, he was named "Grower of the Year" by the Napa Valley Grapegrowers. But it was not until 2004 that Hudson began with the production of its own vines.
At the moment the centre of attention are three different types of vines, a Chardonnay, a Syrah and the "Pick Up Sticks Red", a mixture of Barbera, Grenache, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Viognier. Every grape variety has its own contribution, as well as the plant and flavour properties and texture of the vine. Each one is produced in a small vineyard in the east of the Silverado Trail.
Chardonnay 2007 contains three selection of Wente clones from the same clones each year. That' not the California Chardonnay. Before bottling, the yeast is left to stand for a few years. A number of unrepeatable ingots are used to produce this vine, and each ingots is kept separated throughout the maturation process, complete with freewheel and squeezed sap.
It has a deep yellow colour. This" grip" can be felt in the palate, the wines have great strength and personality. However, it should be noted that this is a very good balanced wines with an outstanding vivid naturally acidicity. From the beginning the grape has been the centre of his activities, but his work on the farm is very varied.
The famous Alice Waters Chez Panisse in Berkeley is supplied with poultry, the pig meat the fat calf in Napa, grows fruits and veggies for a wide range of shops and regional food and also produces extra virgin oil. Also Hudson is represented on the Oxbow Public Market in the centre of Napa.
Here they are selling both new products and tasty smoothie (and part of their wines is also available). A new winery, caverns etc.