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The Hudson Vineyard Syrah is always a stand out in the Rudius portfolio for its considerably French-leaning style and and incredible balance. While many Northern California Syrahs are defined by their extract and viscosity, the Hudson is something altogether different. Both the mouthfeel and aromatics are dominated by secondary characteristics, brought to the forefront by beautifully balanced acidity.
Forrest mushrooms, roasted game meat and accents of cardamon spice are highlighted by just-ripe fig and a fresh brininess, owing to the distinct minerality of Hudson’s soils. The Rudius signature subtlety with oak on thier Rhones serves to preserve the pristine fruit character of the Alban Clone, while the purely native fermentation leaves the wine’s inherent aromatics intact. This is one California Syrah that strongly speak to its origin, and will undoubtedly remind you why you fell in love with the varietal and the terroir in the first place.
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91 Points Wine Enthusiast Magazine
With enticing flavors of blackberry, plum, black cherry, mountain herbs, jasmine and even a hint of creosote undulating in and out as it evolves in the glass, this is a wine to spend an evening getting to know. One reason I always love our Syrah is that its personality varies so dramatically from vintage to vintage depending on the growing season, with weather conditions at the time of budbreak through veraison and harvest all having a profound effect on the outcome. One constant is the rich, thick texture in the mouth, especially the mid-palate, with just enough tannic astringency to give the wine some size without hampering its silky, elegant profile.
95 Points Robert Parker
Black olives, savory herbs, asphalt, bittersweet chocolate, cloves and menthol all flesh out in Failla’s 2010 Syrah Hudson Vineyard. A dark, rich wine, the 2010 saturates the palate with endless waves of flavor. There is so much going on in the glass, it’s hard to know where to start. A deep, layered finish rounds out this explosive, rich Syrah beautifully. Jordan used 100% whole clusters here, but they are totally integrated with the wine. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.
95 Points Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Failla is so well known for Pinot Noir that we sometimes forget how good their estate Syrah can be. Given the vineyard's terroir, its red wines show better in cooler vintages—like 2010—while its above-the-fogline elevation encourages ripeness. This is dry, tannic and peppery, with a succulent blackberry flavor. Among the best Syrahs of the year, it's gorgeous now, and should develop over the next six years.