2004 Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Napa-Carneros

Vintage Notes

“Bright yellow, with a bit less gold than the ’05. Knockout nose combines orange zest, clove, musky oatmeal and underbrush; I would have picked this as a Burgundy. Wonderfully zesty and broad on the palate, with its slightly glyceral texture leavened by terrific energy and lift. In its sulfidey complexity, salty minerality and well-delineated orchard fruit flavors, this is a splendid example of its vineyard and a stellar bottle of California Chardonnay. A very long, lively citrus zest aftertaste leaves the taste buds quivering. This was my favorite wine of the tasting.”

96pts, Stephen Tanzer, vinous, July 2017

Winemaker Notes

Located in gently rolling terrain north of Carneros Highway, the soils are quite heavy clay. Vine selection is Old Wente, Robert Young and Long Vineyards—each a Wente selection themselves—ranging in age from 6 to 24 years old. The Wente is marked by very small grape clusters, with small berries, and the so-called ‘hen-and-chick’