2013 Merryvale Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard
A vibrant gold in the glass, floral aromas of baked apple tartine, honeydew and peach give a preview of what is to come. On the palate, this lively and full wine shows flavors of lemongrass, peach, vanilla and a bit of toasted spice. Well integrated and round across the palate, with a note of minerality, and a subtle citrus zest finish. Stored properly, this wine will age gracefully for more than 5 years from the vintage date.
Larry Hyde farms some of the most sought after grapes in the cool Carneros growing region of Napa. This wine is a blend of two blocks of Chardonnay from the Hyde Vineyard. The grapes were hand-picked, carefully sorted and whole cluster pressed. Fermentation took place over several months, creating an extra layer of depth and integration to the final product. The wine underwent 100% malolactic fermentation and spent 20 months in 20% new French oak.