2007 Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Napa-Carneros
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“Bright healthy yellow. Very sexy, Burgundian aromas of fresh stone fruits and musky toffee and butterscotch. Fat, sweet, glyceral and concentrated but still rather reticent. This very rich, ripe, slightly warm wine began a bit low-toned but showed more fruit and spice character and a higher pitch with aeration. Very pure.”
–93 pts, Stephen Tanzer, vinous, July 2017
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 9 to 28 years old. The Wente is marked by very small grape clusters, with small berries, and the so-called ‘hen-and-chick’