2003 Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Napa-Carneros

Publication

Vinous

Author

Stephen Tanzer

Date

July 2017

Rating

92

Review

Full yellow-gold. Very ripe, slightly honeyed aromas of yellow fruits. At once glyceral and energetic, offering hints of soft citrus fruits, toffee and salted butter. Broad and plush but firmed by some added acidity. Finishing with a slight dry edge, this wine needs to be drunk soon.

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Robert Parker

Date

December 26, 2005

Rating

94

Review

The 2003 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is a stunning wine of great individuality, with wonderful minerality, sweet lemon oil, honeysuckle, white currant, and floral notes intermixed with a crushed rock-like note, and a long, heady, full-bodied finish. This beautiful, pure Chardonnay should age nicely for 5-7 years.

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Stephen Tanzer

Date

May/June 2006

Rating

92

Review

Yellow-green color. Lime, apple, spices and a floral topnote on the nose; more fruit-driven than the Hudson. Boasts lovely juicy fruit intensity but comes across as quite tightly wound today. This is much less expressive than the 2003 Hyde bottling was at the same stage; last year it was the '03 Hudson that was in a rather mute stage in March.

Publication

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

Date

March 1, 2006

Rating

95

Review

This riveting and wholly fascinating Chardonnay is among the deepest, most generously fruited to be had from the vintage, and its themes of perfectly measured, optimally ripe, lemon-kissed apples are overlain by wonderfully rich oak and a light note of lees. It is already complex, but it shows the keen composition and impeccable balance to keep it perking for a half-decade or more, and it strikes us that collectors with an eye for the best to be had would be well advised to set a few bottles aside for at least a two or three years.

Publication

California Grapevine

Date

April-May 2006

Rating

93

Review

Medium-light golden yellow; attractive, floral, spicy, earthy, green apple aroma that developed depth and intensity with airing in the glass; full body; big, forward, intense, plush, buttery green apple flavors with a full, rounded mouth feel; firmly structured; long finish; lingering aftertaste. Needs another year or two of bottle aging to reach its prime. Very highly recommended.