Wine & Spirits 91 points - Ripe and juicy, with a vibrant core of tangerine-laced green apple and pear flavors that fan out and gain depth and complexity on a long finish, echoing honeydew melon nuances. Drink now through 2020.—J.L.
Another exotic wine is the 2011 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard, which seems slightly more reserved than the Dutton but builds incrementally in the mouth to a medium to full-bodied, beautiful Chardonnay with notes of poached pear, white peach, honeysuckle and mango. It is medium-bodied and very classy.
|Wine maker notes
|Located in gently rolling terrain north of Carneros Highway, the soils are quite heavy clay. Vine selection is Old Wente and Long Vineyards, and the vines range from 7 to 24 years old. The Wente is marked by very small grape clusters, with small berries, and the so-called "hen-and-chick”--large and small berries within the same cluster.
The Wente produces a classic, Burgundian-style wine, without the tropical fruit tones of some California Chardonnays. The Long Vineyards selection adds a floral note, and the Hyde Vineyard wines often seem charming and feminine.
Hyde Vineyard fruit has structure and density and are therefore able to absorb more oak without being overwhelmed. The wine will see around seventy percent new Burgundian barrels and spend up to twenty-one months in barrel, completely sur lies, before being bottled without filtration.