Hudson Ranch 2016 Phoenix Napa Valley Red Blend

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Winemaker Notes

Metaphorically, the 2016 Hudson Phoenix is a velvet hammer, aromas of spicy candied apple, plum and anise from the wine which is stylishly forward, round with structure and a silky finish.

Critical Acclaim

RP94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2016 Phoenix is composed of 68% Merlot and 32% Cabernet Franc from a collection of four separate vineyards on the ranch. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it reveals an incredible perfume of kirsch, black plums, red currant jelly and red roses with touches of black tea, pencil shavings, cinnamon stick and underbrush plus wafts of black raspberries and crushed rocks. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the palate with tons of juicy plums and raspberry inspired flavors with bags of savory and mineral nuances plus a firm, rounded tannins frame, finishing long and earthy. Hudson Vineyard is a name well-known to lovers of the wines of Northern California. The name is a proudly declared vineyard designation donning the labels of some of the most lauded producers, including Kistler and Kongsgaard. Set over 2,000 acres in the Carneros AVA, Hudson Ranch is quite a sight/site to behold.
JD92 points Jeb Dunnuck
The only red I was able to taste from winemaker Christopher Vandendriesscher, the 2016 Hudson Phoenix checks in as 68% Merlot and 32% 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.