2017 Suhring Chardonnay
This wine was bottled on February 14, 2019 after 14 months of barrel aging. All the fruit is from the Reinke Vineyard in the Carneros Region of Napa Valley and it was 100% barrel fermented. Upon completing fermentation, the wine remained in barrels for an additional three months of sur lee aging, with approximately 80% going through Malolactic fermentation.
The wine reveals its well-balanced structure, power and concentration of fruit. It displays aromas of honeysuckle, hazelnut and buttered citrus, followed by a full-bodied structured wine with great fruit intensity, decent acidity and nicely integrated wood. It has a sweet perfumed finish laced with honey and nectarines that rounds out the wine nicely. This is a wine that will bring pleasure right now, and will age for 3 more years.
The Reinke Vineyard lies in Napa Valley’s Carneros district, one of the finest wine growing regions in the world for cultivating thin-skinned Chardonnay grapes. The cooling breezes off the San Pablo Bay allow the grapes a longer hang time in which to develop flavor and intensity, without sacrificing acidity and true balance.
2016 SuhrIng Merlot
These grapes were harvested on September 27, 2017 and was bottled on February 7, 2019 after spending 21 months of barrel aging in 100% new Tonnellerie Remond French Oak. All the fruit is from the historic Hudson Vineyard in the Carneros Region of Napa Valley and it was 100% barrel fermented.
Fruit from the Hudson Vineyards are sought after (especially the Chardonnay) – simply look at the producers who source fruit from here including Aubert, Kongsgaard, Kistler, Cakebread, Failla, David Ramey and a variety of others.
The Hudson Vineyards are an agrarian dream, situated deep in the heart of the rolling hills of Napa Valley's Carneros District and producing world-class wine grapes for exceptional wines. Fruit from the Hudson Vineyards are highly sought after— simply look at the producers who source fruit from here including Aubert, Kongsgaard, Kistler, Cakebread, Failla, David Ramey and a variety of others.
In reviewing the 2012 Kongsgaard Merlot from Hudson Vineyards, which received 96 points, Robert Parker described the wine as: "A beauty, it offers sexy, creamy chocolaty, Asian plum sauce, and black currant notes as well as a hint of minerality. Full-throttle and opulent, this layered, stunning Merlot can be enjoyed over the next 15 or more years." We believe the 2016 Suhring Merlot has many of these same characteristics and qualities.