Every year our grandfather Dan Tudor used to make wine for his friends and family. It’s a tradition. The Tudor family has been growing grapes and lavender – and making wine on the Island of Hvar in Croatia – for over 2,000 years. The family began growing grapes in California early in the 1900’s and continues to farm premium table grapes in Delano to this day. In an increasingly mechanized world, there are still a few handmade products that stand out. Fine wine is one of them. We select fruit from family owned vineyards and transform it into wine using traditional techniques. These include small fermentations mixed by hand and aging in French barrels. The resulting Tudor Wines have a purity of natural expression that cannot be duplicated on a larger scale.
Winemaker Dan Tudor begins by using only grapes from the finest sites. Each row is farmed to very exact specifications in terms of water, canopy, leaf volume, fruit thinning, and shoot positioning. Individual rows are harvested at peak ripeness, not under-ripe and never over-ripe, obtaining maximum brightness and complex fruit flavors from each lot fermented. Perfect balance of tannins, flavor, alcohol, acid and fruit is the goal with the overriding approach being one of maximizing the quality potential of the fruit with the least intervention.
Traditional methods developed in Burgundy are used to handle the fermentations in small, hand mixed lots. Only the finest three year dried French oak barrels are used in a way that complements the wine without over-powering the elegance and finesse.
“The goal – perfect balance with complexity from fruit.”
Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Grappa, Pinot Noir, Reisling, Sparkling Wine.
“Vibrant red. Spice-accented red berries, Asian spices and fresh flowers on the intensely perfumed nose. Sappy, alluring sweet raspberry and cherry cola flavors are lifted and brightened by a suggestion of bitter blood orange. A suave rose pastille nuance comes up on the very long, penetrating finish, which is given shape by dusty, fine-grained tannins.” 91 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
“Splits the difference between rich, ripe flavors and a firm backbone, featuring a core of red and black fruit and dusty, cedary tannins on the finish.” 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, J.L.
“A high-toned and relatively fruity nose features notes of raspberry, cherry and cranberry along with a hint of spice. The lush and plump middle weight flavors possess a seductive mouth feel before terminating in a delicious and easy-to-like finale of moderate depth but solid length.” 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Burghound
“Exotic, flamboyantly perfumed dark berry aromas… floral, Asian spice and pungent herb accents. Finishes smoky and long, with supple tannins and a touch of bitter cherry.” 91 Points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Steve Tanzer