2008 Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Napa-Carneros
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
May 1, 2011
Sweet oak once again plays a prominent role here, and, while it is underlain by lots of well-defined fruit, it is at the moment just a bit ahead of everything. The wine, however, is very deep and very well-balanced, and it is simply too young to drink now. It shows fine concentration and length, and it never once loses its fruity bearings. It has the kind of concentration that we look for in genuinely ageworthy wines, and it promises great things if allowed to rest for a couple of years.