2007 Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Napa-Carneros
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
May 1, 2010
First let us say that this is still a young wine and shows a certain structural tightness that makes it less than wildly outgoing, and it is not as immediately involving as its competitors that flaunt in-your-face ripeness and oak. But behind its restraint it shows a keen sense of layering with nuances of stones and careful oak spice in league with its very precise fruit. Yes, it is firm, but it is vital and always well-filled, and its combination of fruity depth and impeccable balance guarantees years of improvement. Enjoy it now or later on.