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Review 2018 HdV Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay Carneros Napa 750ml
2018 HdV Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay Carneros Napa 750ml
Made by the owner of DRC, this 98 point American made 'Montrachet' is bursting with pure and zesty fruit notes with an intense mineral streak that will captivate even the most concerning of collectors. If you like Chardonnay, you can't miss this!
About the Wine
JAMES SUCKLING TASTING NOTES
98 POINTS: Opulent aromas of cooked apple, lemon rind, light praline and stone. Full-bodied with linear and lively acidity that runs through the wine. Energetic and bright with tightness and structure. Steely.
VINTAGE NOTESFebruary saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels.
WINEMAKER TASTING NOTESFreshness and brightness take center stage in the precise structure of this wine. Aromas of jasmine and lime blossom pair with Meyer lemon and green apple, which lead to hints of baking spices and toasted brioche. The palate bursts with vibrant acidity and mouth-coating textures, giving way to a lingering mineral-driven finish. The focus and tension of this wine promise aging for years to come.
- Region: Napa Valley
- Appellation: Los Carneros, Eastern edge
- Vineyard: Hyde
- Age of vines: 27 to 39 years
- Clones: “Old Wente” and Calera selections
- Exposure: South by southeast
- Soil: Haire Loam Clay
- Subterranean: Terraces and alluvial fans
- Harvest dates: Sept. 5th-27th
- Barrel Program: 20% New
- Aging: 14 months
- Bottling date: Nov. 13th, 2019
- Filtering: Unfiltered & unfined