60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc spent a nice long time getting to know each other in mostly new French oak. The resulting wine is on fire, with warm plums, black cherries and a hint of garrigue. The velvety palate delivers vibrant, crunchy fruit with a savory edge and a long, mineral finish. Hudson Ranch is an agrarian dreamland with a farm-first approach that results in seriously delicious, thoughtful wines of covetable character.
The 2018 Phoenix is a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc and was aged for 20 months in French oak barrels, 80% new. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the nose is redolent of warm plums, black cherries and black raspberries with suggestions of garrigue, menthol, pencil lead and roses. Medium-bodied, velvety and with great freshness, the palate delivers vibrant, crunchy fruit and a good long, mineral-tinged finish. 1,110 cases were made.