2020 Kistler Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay Carneros, USA
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Description2020 Kistler Vineyards Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay, Carneros, USA
WAThe average yields of three tons per acre at Hudson Vineyard were down to 1.75 tons per acre in 2020 due to very poor set in the spring, accounting for the concentrated character of the Chardonnays. This 2020 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard, however, is also notable for its acidity and energy. Winemaker Jason Kesner, who took over from Steve Kistler in 2018, says, "We used to pick Hudson later. Now that we are focusing on acidity and picking earlier, the grape skins don't break down in the press as readily. The skins stay more intact, reducing solids, and that has refined the expression of Hudson." It has a medium gold color and begins with oceanic character—saline and nori—before unfurling to white peaches, spring butter and jasmine. The medium-bodied palate is powerful yet tensile, with its tangy acidity, creamy texture and gentle phenolic touch working in tandem as it glides across the palate into a very long, ethereal finish. Usually, around 1,000 cases are made, but only 550 cases of the 2020 are available.