Lee Hudson exudes a boundless energy and visible eagerness to share the vision of his ranch with anyone who will listen. He first came to the valley in 1975 and after almost 40 years is more keen than ever on experimentation and stewardship of the land. He farms with “responsibility,” meaning that he eschews the dogma of certifying bodies for a more intimate look at the individual microcosm of his property. Every decision is filtered through the process of what is good for the land, good for the employees, and good for the consumer.
Originally planting the property to Pinot Noir in 1981, Hudson quickly realized that the delicate grape variety grew unevenly due to the sloping of the land and the variances in soil structure. He soon ripped it out and replanted to Cabernet Franc and Merlot and never looked back. The property is now planted to 17 different varieties ranging from Arneis and Verdejo to Aleatico and Syrah; just one of the many instances of inquisitiveness and dedication to biodiversity that Lee has shown throughout the years.
Gorgeous ripe stone fruit and intense minerality emerge in the White Study 2016 (DAILY WINE), making it one of our panel’s top values. The Pick Up Sticks 2015 offers notes of blackberries, violets and hibiscus. The Old Master 2013 is made using Cabernet Franc planted on volcanic red soil and Merlot in an area heavy with clay.
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Images via Elisabeth Fiorello-Sievers