Failla Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay
The Chardonnay is sourced from Block F - easily one of Hudson's best and most intriguing spots for the varietal. Originally planted in 1984, the parcel sits is almost immediately visible from the entryway to the ranch property - just pass the series of olive trees and you nearly run right into the rows that provide us our delicious bounty. Sold at first to Acacia, then to Ramey, the F Block was replanted in 2006 to the "Shot Wente" clone and is now sold only to Kongsgaard and Failla (though Lee does keep a healthy portion for the Hudson wines as well). An ideal match for the site and for our style of winemaking, Shot Wente provides low yields, early maturation and high natural acidity in the grapes at harvest time. These elements meld seamlessly with Ehren's gentle élevage techniques, eliciting the site's exotic aromatics and forceful, mineral-driven texture.