2011 Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Napa-Carneros




Stephen Tanzer


July 2017




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.


2011 Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Napa-Carneros