Hudson Vineyards lies in Napa Valley’s Carneros District, one of the finest winegrowing regions in the world. The cooling breezes off the Bay of San Francisco allow the grapes a longer hang time in which to develop flavor and intensity, without sacrificing acidity and true balance.
This site was originally known as Talcoa Vineyards, an Indian name meaning ‘laughing land.’ It was on these lands in the 1880’s that the first successful, American scientific experiments were performed to overcome phylloxera, the pest devastating the vineyards of Europe.
As in all agricultural endeavors, each and every vintage provides its own set of opportunities and challenges. We farm each vineyard to fully capture the different nuances and specific characteristics of each growing year.
Every hand-hewn bottle of Hudson Wine expresses the focus of our work in the vineyards; growing the finest wines possible by seeking complexity and distinction of vintage over intensity.
Hudson Wines’ winemaking team is a long-standing collaboration between Lee and Cristina Hudson, Consulting Winemaker John Kongsgaard, and Production Winemaker Christopher Vandendriessche. These wines are made by hand, a true expression of each season’s challenges and gifts.
Our Chardonnay winemaking protocol employs a slow and spontaneous fermentation process that lasts 12 to 14 months. A total of 19 months were spent in 80% new oak culminating in a cerebral wine of concentration and poise.
- Robert Parker
96 Points (October 2017)
A light Syrah crop in the vineyard in 2015 led to unparalleled concentration and skin ripeness. In an effort to maintain elegance gentle extraction was critical in the cellar. The Syrah was bottled after spending a total of 20 months in French Oak.
- Robert Parker
93 Points (October 2017)
Block D at Hudson is our prized source for the Old Master. Cabernet Franc was specifically planted to the volcanic soil series in the north and Merlot to the heavier clay series to the south. A total of 20 months were spent in the cellar before bottling where minimal intervention was used. This wine has been bottle aged an additional 14 months prior to release.
- Robert Parker
92+ Points (October 2017)
Violets, black currants, saddle leather, pipe tobacco, energetic with fine tannin.
2016 Grenache Rose fills the glass with aromas of rose petals, wild strawberries and mouth filling flavors of green apples and citrus. With its refined structure and long finish it leaves you dreaming of Summer.
A blend of 6 Mediterranean white varieties. Aromas of peach blossoms and fresh apricots. Its salty fresh flavors play off a moist textural middle palate finishing with a lingering crispness. It's perfect as an aperitif or with a sunny afternoon's elegant lunch.
This charming Grenache based wine fills your glass with aromas of cherries and delicate hints of clove. It demonstrates a supple silkiness ending with a long finish of fine tea tannins. Pick Up Sticks pairs beautifully with well-seasoned, flavorful foods.
Our limited availability olive oil is vibrant and green, with strong notes of crushed green herbs and a spicy finish. We recommend using this oil to create lively salad dressings, to roast summer vegetables with, or to add as a final topping to almost any meal.
Pipina's Barrel Aged Red Wine Vinegar is bright and flavorful with beautiful notes of cherries and has layers of flavor. It is an extremely versatile vinegar and should be used liberally.