2001 Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Napa-Carneros
Healthy bright, full yellow with a gold tinge. Fresher on the nose than the 2003 but a bit subdued, hinting at yellow fruits, clove, nuts and sulfides. Bright pineapple fruit conveys very good energy, with toffee and mocha notes adding interest on the back half. Finishes with subtle salinity and excellent grip, almost phenolic in its crispness. This still seems a bit stubbornly closed--if that's possible--and may yet gain in pliancy with more bottle age (this vintage was acidified).