If the Hyde Vineyard would be located in Burgundy, it would for sure be classified as Premier Cru – no doubt! But even in California this vineyard is very much sought out by many wineries (Aubert, Paul Lato, Dumol, Kistler, etc), and everyone that gets to buy some of this terrific fruit winds up making amazing wines!
From a site in Carneros owned by the Hyde Family (aka the King of Carneros), the 2017 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 2017 Chardonnay that’s drinking great today.
Hyde 2017 Chardonnay, Estate – Carneros Napa Valley
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Elegant and vibrant, this well-concentrated and well-balanced wine is well worth finding for the most-special occasions. Lemon cream and toasted oak aromas, luscious pear and marzipan flavors and great acidity all come together beautifully. It has a long finish and will have a long life.
Robert Parker 96 Points: “The 2017 Chardonnay Larry Hyde opens slowly, offering subtle glimpses of lime peel, fresh grapefruit and white peaches to begin before giving way to a compelling core of Bosc pears, fennel seed, marzipan and shaved ginger. Medium-bodied with tons of elegance and latent energy, the palate delivers tightly wound layers of citrus and stone fruit plus loads of mineral accents and a racy line of freshness, finishing long and zesty. I’d give this another year or two in the bottle and drink it over the following 7-8 years.”
Winery Notes: “The 2017 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.”
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