2006 Patz & Hall - Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91?

($55) Good yellow-green color. Lemon drop, iodine, crushed stone and spices on the nose, with a leesy complexity. Sweet, thick, rich and ripe, with just enough brisk acidity to keep this big boy from coming off as heavy. Finishes chewy and dry. Not at all a fruity style. This 2006 bottling comes from a new, cooler block in this superb vineyard, planted half to Wente and half to Dijon clones.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

From a well-known Carneros site, the 2006 Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard's style is similar to the Dutton Ranch, with notes of nectarines, orange blossom, and white currants, but less smoky hazelnuts. This is a medium to full-bodied, stylish, pure Chardonnay to enjoy over the next 3-4 years.

Drink Dates: 2008-2012
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 180

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Fruit-driven and focused, with green and yellow apple and honeydew melon at the core. Medium- to full-bodied, with subtle hints of hazelnut-tinged oak on the finish.

Drink Dates: 2009-2014
Author: James Laube


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Average rating: 91, based on 3 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

85 bottles owned by 36 collectors.

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About This Producer


Since 1988, Patz & Hall has set a standard for Chardonnays and Pinots that epitomize poise and finesse. The winery is a partnership of four individuals - Donald Patz, James Hall, Anne Moss and Heather Patz - all of whom are veterans in the production of fine wine. Between them, they have made wine at Flora Springs, Honig Cellars, Far Niente, Marimar Torres, Spring Mountain and Cain Vineyard. They source from regions ranging from the Santa Lucia Highlands to Mendocino, and prime areas in between. The wines skillfully maintain the intricate and graceful dance between substance and balance, power and elegance - the key characteristics of world-class Pinot Noir.

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Wine Varietal: Chardonnay


Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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