Sunday, March 1, 2009

D.R. Stephens - "Hudson" Chardonnay - 2004

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Carneros is the “up and coming” region for producing premier Chardonnay in California. Prior to being one of the top quality wine producing viticulture areas in the world, Carneros was primarily used for sheep grazing. It is named after the Spanish word for sheep, “Carneros”.

DR Stephens first Chardonnay crafted entirely from Hudson Vineyard chardonnay shows Carneros' cool-climate character at its finest. With the trademark fresh orange-blossom, apricots and tropical fruit notes dominating the aromas, and a selection of Burgundy's finest barrel makers supporting the fruit with the nuances of toasty vanilla and oak, this wine is a bright, gregarious, full-bodied rendition of the variety. Other flavors found in the wine include, wildflowers, clover honey, vanilla, nectarine and delicate oak. Cinnamon and nutmeg are found in the under tones of the wine. Simply a very elegant, age worthy wine that will become more graceful over the next five years.

Recommended Food Pairings:

Crab cakes with lemon aioli
Pan sautéed filet of sole
Triple crème cheese with pears and toasted walnuts


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