2011 Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Napa-Carneros
Full, bright yellow. Deeper-pitched aromas of yellow fruits and clove, with suggestions of tropical fruits, nuts and biscuit; the first of these vintages to show real evolution. Creamy in texture, conveying a glyceral impression and captivating sweetness to its yellow fruit flavors. An edge of acidity gives this wine a slightly disjointed finish. I don't find the same chalky minerality I noted when I last tasted this wine a few years ago. Ramey considers 2011 to be a cold vintage but he also believes that this wine will evolve faster than the 2012. "The harvest was a month later so the grapes hung out in the weather and the fruit got a little tired," he explained. In fact, he believes that this wine is at its peak and predicts it will be more like the 2003 than the 2004 in five years.