2015 Hudson Vineyards Pinot Noir (1 X 750 ML)

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The Davies family of Schramsberg Vineyards and J. Davies Estate in the Napa Valley is pleased to release its second vintage of Hudson Vineyards Pinot Noir. The family’s experience with Pinot Noir dates back to 1967, when Jack and Jamie Davies first used this elegant red varietal to make their inaugural vintage of Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs sparkling wine. Over the 50 years following that first use, Schramsberg’s winemakers have built long-lasting relationships with some of the best Pinot Noir growers in the North Coast. Developing upon this passion, history, and experience, second-generation Vintner Hugh Davies and Director of Winemaking Sean Thompson are proud to present this second Pinot Noir vineyard-designate release from this storied Napa Valley Carneros property.

The Vineyards
The Hudson Vineyards are planted in the rolling hills north of Highway 12 in the Napa Valley’s Carneros District. Located at the southernmost end of the valley, the grapes are favorably influenced by the nightly -cooling effect of the closely located San Pablo Bay. The low temperatures and slow cloud burn-off allow for longer hang time on the vines, developing flavor and intensity with mild sun exposure. With soils dominated by well draining alluvials and loam, the vines are able to glean the necessary nutrients and moisture needed to produce balanced, fruitful wines.

Tasting notes

Fruitful aromas of strawberry and black plum intertwine with hints of milk chocolate, dried mint and white flowers. The rich and well-structured palate is full of fresh blackberry and cassis, integrated with a touch of black pepper, and finishes with a lingering acidity.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies


91 Points
Dark, deep and dense with a rich and extracted nose of fully ripe cherries that accurately predicts the comparatively big flavors that follow, the Hudson Vineyards bottling is the weightiest and most fully stuffed of the Davies lot, and it more than makes up in staying power and sheer fruity strength for what it may lack in finesse. That said, it is not a clumsy or unbalanced wine, and its sights remain fixed on concentrated cherries throughout. It will take to age nicely and will grow for a half-decade or more, and, whether enjoyed now or later, it is Pinot that wants drinking with heartier foods.- Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (October 2017)
91 Points
The second release from this site from this producer, Hudson provides bold, rich flavors of cherry coulis and blackberry, and a hint of chocolate-covered orange giving it both a decadent feel and a hit of freshness. Rose petal aromas add a pretty profile to the length and balance of acidity.- Wine Enthusiast (February 2018)
90 Points
Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir Ferrington reveals vibrant red cherry and crushed raspberry notes with hints of red roses, underbrush, dusty earth and black pepper. Medium-bodied, soft, youthful and with lovely purity, it gives plenty of red fruit flavor intensity and a well-poised finish.- Wine Advocate (October 2017)