Hudson Napa Valley

2021 Chardonnay
Los Carneros

2023 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 27 | Lot No. 61
Vintage: 2021

Hudson Napa Valley


Los Carneros

5 cases produced


  • Old Shot Wente Clones of tiny clusters of small- to mid-sized grapes create strength and complexity
  • The fruit comes from distinct blocks in our Little Bit, Ladybug and Seashell vineyards
  • Each of the wines are aging sur lie, stirred regularly over 21 months in mostly new French oak barrels
  • Three distinct vineyards, three prized blocks of Wente Clone never before combined are what makes Trillium


This wine is a truly unique look at Hudson Ranch, showcasing a combination of three prized blocks of Shot Wente Clone. They encompass our favorite expressions from the different parts of the ranch. Blended together, they show the power and complexity of growing these heritage Wente selections on some of the most incredible soils in the Los Carneros nested appellation. We have hand-selected our favorite barrel from each of these sites to create Trillium, a one-of-a kind expression of the 2021 vintage.

Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Clayton  Kirchhoff

Winemaker, Hudson

Winemaker, Clayton  Kirchhoff

Working with Hudson wines since 2013, Clayton's winemaking journey is one of both passion and dedication. Raised on his family's vineyard in the AVA of Clarksburg, California, Clayton was tasked with driving tractors and working harvests alongside his siblings before school, which laid a strong foundation for his love of the land. After earning a BA in Business Economics at UC Santa Barbara, Clayton spent a semester abroad in Italy. It was here that he was pulled back to his roots. Soon after he moved to Napa and committed to pursuing a career in wine. Clayton has worked with some of the best winemakers in the world at esteemed houses such as Pingus in Spain, and Realm, Failla, and White Rock Vineyards in Napa Valley. His goal with each vintage is to express a sense of place, relying on precision and intuition in his winemaking. He has been a winemaker at Hudson since 2018, diligently tending to each vineyard site, and guiding the Hudson fruit into wines of balance and complexity.

Country born: United States

Education: Mentors: Ehren Jordan, Mike Hirby, Luc Morlet, Peter Sisseck, Christopher Vandendriessche, John Kongsgaard, Lee Hudson
Foreign Internships: Dominio de Pingus in Ribera del Duero, Spain; and Corban’s in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
Education: Napa Valley College and UCDavis extension classwork

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Honors / Awards:
SF Chronicle Winemaker to Watch 2016

Winemaking Philosophy:
I think the best winemaking is invisible. Diligence in the cellar and impeccably grown fruit allow this to be possible. There are techniques and additives that can be applied to wine to build things that were not there to begin with, but if you work really hard at the craft of cellar work, endeavor to have clean ferments, and don’t pick grapes out of balance, you can make very pure wines. Wines that then show one growing season from one place can be magical things.

Winery Distribution

Hudson Napa Valley is distributed in the following markets. Please contact the winery directly for the most up-to-date distribution information and to explore commercial opportunities.

Hudson Napa Valley Contact: Victoria Anderson


  • Arizona ( Maverick )
  • Colorado ( Maverick )
  • Florida ( Maverick )
  • Massachusetts ( Classics/Martignetti )
  • Michigan ( Woodberry )
  • Minnesota ( Rootstock )
  • Missouri ( A Bommarito )
  • New Jersey ( MS Walker )
  • New York ( MS Walker )
  • North Carolina ( Advintage )
  • Ohio ( Private Reserve )
  • Oklahoma ( Thirst )
  • Pennsylvania ( Newman Wine )
  • South Carolina ( Advintage )
  • Texas ( Serendipity )
  • Virginia ( Roanoke )
  • Washington ( Downtown Spirits )


  • Austria ( Kracher )
  • Belgium ( Marc Buelinckx )
  • Canada - Alberta ( Artisan Wines )
  • Canada - Ontario ( Cru Wine Merchants )
  • Czech Republic ( Californian Wines )
  • Denmark ( Fine Wine APS )
  • Finland ( Thirsty Bear )
  • Germany ( Freund )
  • Hong Kong ( Ponti Trading LTD )
  • India ( Fratelli Wine )
  • Japan ( Nakagawa )
  • Luxembourg ( Vimowa )
  • Netherlands ( Dielen )
  • Norway ( Vinarius )
  • Philippines ( Estate Wine )
  • Singapore ( Fermented )
  • South Korea ( Wine 2 U )
  • Switzerland ( Martel )
  • Thailand ( Wine Merchant )
  • United Kingdom ( Wine Treasury Limited )
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