- Varietal syrah
- Appellation napa valley
We harvested our Syrah from Hudson relatively early for us-- long before halloween-- under excellent conditions. The fruit was much less affected by rain than in 2009 and experienced none of the terror inspired by rot in 2011. Yet the wine is not clean, not straightforward. The fermentations were so rank of horse-stable that the interns feared for the wine. I iahve no idea what lurked in the fruit-- but we had no doubt once the fermentations finished. This was the best Hudson Syrah that we had ever made. Good, even very good for its intensity and balance, certainly-- but best for its animal strangeness. The wine seems not just medieval but Arthurian. It speaks of witches (as did Iseult, also made from Hudson Syrah) but does not dwell among the robes and jewels of Princesses. It is rather from the world of caves, feral beasts lurking within them, and the domesticated but sweaty horse.
Rich, exotic, and very animal Syrah from Hudson. Our finest yet, but inhabiting the borders, not the civilized center of town.