2010 Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Napa-Carneros
Bright medium yellow. Complex, subtle nose melds yellow fruits, clove, butterscotch and a smoky sulfidey note that reminded me of a Coche-Dury wine. Wonderfully sweet and layered but light on its feet, showing lovely verve to its lemon cream, mineral and iodine flavors. The musky quality carries through the salty, fine-grained palate. Finishes with a firm tannic impression and outstanding length. Ramey describes 2010 as "a great, untroubled vintage--and a cool year."