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2014 Waypoint HudsonChardonnay Carneros

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Lee Hudson, the bespoke vigneron of Carneros, grew the grapes to our own Tim Milos' specifications, and the results, after Tim played his deft hand in the cellar, are stunning. Barely ripe pineapple dances on your palate with green apple in a shower of white flowers. The texture and mineral-laden finish are long. Truly a chardonnay that will please fans of white Burgundy as well as New World chardonnays."- Sandro Moro, Wine Scout

When you're talking about Hudson Ranch in Carneros, it's hard not to marvel at their client list. This working farm in Carneros, founded in 1981, not only raises cattle, pigs, and a variety of produce, but also sells fruit to some of the biggest names in California wine. Wineries like Arietta, Aubert, Robert Foley Vineyards, Failla, Keplinger, Kistler, and Kongsgaard make great wines from this prime Carneros property in between Napa and Sonoma. Only 12 of Hudson's 26 clients are allowed to vineyard-designate Hudson on their labels. We're proud to be part of this elite group.

In 2014, Tim Milos crafted one big bad perpetrator of a Chardonnay from Hudson fruit. It's roomy and plump, with notes of pineapple, butter, mango, and pears. With balanced acidity it's a dense, sweet-fruited, crowd-pleasing style. Take it from us, folks - this is the Chardonnay most likely to vaporize and leave only a spinning bottle when you turn your back on it at a dinner party. "



A waypoint is the identifying intersection between latitude and longitude on a GPS, the specific place where the two coordinates meet. It is unique and unambiguous, a virtual fingerprint on the ground. In the case of wine, it also takes on the added implication of pinpointing the attributes of a particular vineyard. As all wine great and small is born somewhere, it is of critical importance that somewhere is special.

It also helps to have dedicated growers and winemakers with an eye for the right dirt. Working with guys like Andy Beckstoffer on the vineyard side and Tim Milos in the cellar, we're fortunate to be able to include serious talent in the conversation of making great wine. And, yes, we've received some good press. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate was our biggest point haul, but others have had nice things to say too (including our demanding clientele). Frankly, we'll take it with appreciation.

These wines are reflections of our promise to deliver 'great stuff,' and they have not come about by accident. It starts with fantastic vineyards and folks who know how to farm the right way - and making an awful lot of decisions from there - but ultimately it's more about letting the wines speak for themselves than accessorizing with a batch of winemaking tricks. Single-vineyard wines need to stand on their own merit. You simply can't go wrong here.

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Tim Milos
15 months
Oak Treatment/Stainless Steel:
French Oak
Country of Origin:
United States
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Chardonnay
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