If the Hyde Vineyard would be located in Burgundy, it would for sure be classified as Premiere Cru – no doubt! But even in California this vineyard is very much sought out by wineries, and everyone that gets to buy some of this terrific fruit winds up making amazing wines!
Hyde 2016 Chardonnay, Estate – Carneros Napa Valley
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From a site in Carneros owned by the Hyde Family (aka the King of Carneros), the 2016 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard offers up a deep, rich, yet beautifully fresh style as well as perfumed notes of lemon peel, juicy citrus, and honeyed apples. It picks up a hint of pineapple with time in the glass, has building richness, and powerful yet elegant texture that keeps you coming back to the glass. It’s a beautiful 2015 Chardonnay that’s drinking great today.
Winery Notes: “The 2016 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is bright, pure and focused, especially within the context of the year. Our winemaker did a terrific job in capturing a compelling interplay of freshness and textural richness. Lemon peel, white flowers, white orchard fruit and mint give the wine its lifted personality, but there is plenty of palate weight and depth. This is a classy, super-polished Chardonnay.”
Robert Parker 96+ Points: “The 2016 Chardonnay brazenly sashays out of the glass with bold notions of mandarin peel, lemongrass, green apples and fresh pears plus hints of beeswax, honeysuckle and toasted almonds and a waft of nutmeg. Medium-bodied, the palate is very tightly knit with great freshness and loads of mineral sparks intertwined beautifully with all those citrus layers, finishing long and chalky. Elegant yet intense with amazing tension and exquisite poise, this should age incredibly! Only a few hundred cases were made. This wine is mostly sold through the cellar door and a few wine stores in California.”
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