2011 Chardonnay, Ritchie Vineyard, Russian River Valley
Bright yellow. Deeper-pitched on the nose than the Hyde bottling, offering scents of pear, vanilla, menthol, nutmeats and minerals. The first of these Hyde vintages to show any signs of development in the mouth, conveying a surprising sweetness to its sappy orchard fruit and gingery spice flavors. This doesn't have the texture or stuffing of the 2010 or 2009 bottlings but finishes with excellent focus.