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Hyde Vineyards Chardonnay

9.37 ratings
9.21 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Chardonnay
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.2

This has got to be one of my first 2018s to open, and while I’d normally refrain even if for only a bit longer, this producer has piqued my interest too much. Accolades are great and all, but many fellow winemakers have spoken highly of Dan’s project, which is enough reason to open and see how this is showing.

Normally for my palate, Hyde Chardonnay’s show a lot of bright stone fruit with high acidity (ex: Aubert’s Larry Hyde & Sons...plenty of acidity, lighter style, big fruit up front). Dan has taken Hyde’s fruit and put it front and center. Everything about this wine is about the vineyard. Crystalline and pure. On the nose, it is very ripe without being boozy...grilled lemon, lemon-lime tart, even some kiwi, with floral honeysuckle and sea salt. The palate reveals such an intense expression of the fruit with hardly any notice of oak. This has a strong mineral core and high acidity type backbone, but the mid palate and finish show plenty of ripe lemon, powdered lemon bar tart type flavors. 12.7ABV! Nothing sweet, rich or flabby about this wine. Not sure how it ages, but very enjoyable.

This has got to be one of my first 2018s to open, and while I’d normally refrain even if for only a bit longer, this producer has piqued my interest too much. Accolades are great and all, but many fellow winemakers have spoken highly of Dan’s project, which is enough reason to open and see how this is showing.

Normally for my palate, Hyde Chardonnay’s show a lot of bright stone fruit with high acidity (ex: Aubert’s Larry Hyde & Sons...plenty of acidity, lighter style, big fruit up front). Dan has taken Hyde’s fruit and put it front and center. Everything about this wine is about the vineyard. Crystalline and pure. On the nose, it is very ripe without being boozy...grilled lemon, lemon-lime tart, even some kiwi, with floral honeysuckle and sea salt. The palate reveals such an intense expression of the fruit with hardly any notice of oak. This has a strong mineral core and high acidity type backbone, but the mid palate and finish show plenty of ripe lemon, powdered lemon bar tart type flavors. 12.7ABV! Nothing sweet, rich or flabby about this wine. Not sure how it ages, but very enjoyable.

Apr 19th, 2021
Stephen Redenbaugh

Brilliant light clear, little or no oak, explosive lemon with a hint of stemmy grip, impeccable acid/ fruit balance. Amazing depth of complexity, yet surprisingly light and alive. Pure pleasure, low ABV of 12.7, ever-changing kaleidoscope. Definitely rowing against the New World current, yet not Old World. Not a hint of reduction. Impressive as hell.

Brilliant light clear, little or no oak, explosive lemon with a hint of stemmy grip, impeccable acid/ fruit balance. Amazing depth of complexity, yet surprisingly light and alive. Pure pleasure, low ABV of 12.7, ever-changing kaleidoscope. Definitely rowing against the New World current, yet not Old World. Not a hint of reduction. Impressive as hell.

Jan 29th, 2021
Michael L S

Michael had this 10 days ago

Michael had this 10 days ago

May 2nd, 2021
Avery Plank

Avery had this a year ago

Avery had this a year ago

Jun 4th, 2020
Mark Geylikman

Mark had this a year ago

Mark had this a year ago

May 3rd, 2020
E O
9.5

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E had this a year ago

Feb 9th, 2020
Nick Ferrall

Nick had this a year ago

Nick had this a year ago

Feb 4th, 2020
Kiran Patel

Kiran had this 2 years ago

Kiran had this 2 years ago

Oct 26th, 2019