2015 Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Napa-Carneros

Publication

Jeb Dunnuck

Author

Jeb Dunnuck

Date

June 2018

Rating

95

Review

From a site in Carneros owned by the Hyde Family (aka the King of Carneros), the 2015 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.

Publication

Decanter

Author

Elin McCoy

Date

May 2018

Rating

92

Review

Marine breezes flowing through the Petaluma Gap cool this historic vineyard on the Napa side of the Carneros District. This wine has been a classic since its first vintage in 1996, and it seems to be picked earlier than in the past. Savoury, bright, elegant and long, it shows pretty aromas of lemon, white flowers and minerals. It’s brisk and tightly wound, with plenty of natural acidity to lift the palate. It has the structure to age.

Publication

Wine Enthusiast

Author

Virginie Boone

Date

July 2018

Rating

97

Review

This sources from blocks planted in 1991 and 1997, older selections that show grace and power in the wine. Exotic in lemongrass, ginger and Asian pear, the vineyard-designate doesn't hold back on supportive Meyer lemon-crisp acidity, enough to balance out the richer concentrated fruit aspects and classic oak. This is delicious.

Publication

Vinous

Author

Antonio Galloni

Date

April 2018

Rating

91

Review

Orange peel, spice, vanillin and French oak notes all infuse the 2015 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard. Pliant and inviting, the 2015 gives the impression it will drink well with minimal cellaring. Like all of these 2015 Chardonnays, the Hyde speaks in hushed tones. This is an especially quiet wine from a site that tends to yield more exuberant Chardonnays.