Winemakers John Kongsgaard and Christopher Vandendriesche did it again! Only a few hundred cases of the stunning, very Bordeaux-like Hudson Phoenix Red were produced! If this vineyard would be in Bordeaux, it would have the First-Growth designation! Lee Hudson is probably one of the best winegrowers in the valley. Many great wineries (Aubert, Kongsgaard, Kistler, etc.) have been sourcing from this vineyard for decades!
Hudson 2018 Phoenix “Bordeaux-Blend” Estate, Carneros Napa
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FMW 96 Points: “Composed of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, the Phoenix has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and springs from the glass with vivacious black cherries, black raspberries and plum preserves notes plus wafts of red currants, garrigue, menthol, pencil shavings and wild sage. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has lovely freshness and soft tannins supporting the red and black fruit layers, finishing with a minty kick.”
Tasting Notes: The 2018 Hudson Phoenix checks in as 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, all from the estate Hudson Vineyard and aged 20 months in 90% new French oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. It offers a deep purple color as well as an old-school vibe in its black cherry, currant, dried earth, pine, and chocolate-driven aromas and flavors. It has sweet tannins, a great texture, and should continue drinking nicely for another decade or more.
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