2014 Merryvale Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard
Hyde Vineyard is one of the most prestigious vineyards in Carneros and the wines always show incredible depth and personality – very floral, fresh and elegant. The signature minerality and intensity of the Hyde Vineyard are showcased in this 2014 Chardonnay along with aromas of tangerine, pear, pineapple, toasted hazelnut, subtle floral, honeycomb, and slate. The entry is bright, with tart citrus flavors, followed by a creamy mid-palate accented with subtle toasted marshmallow, generously framed by bright acidity. The wine has a long finish, with subtle toast notes and lingering minerality and citrus.
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 18 months in 40% new French oak. The long native fermentations enable this wine to show the intense personality of the vineyard and offer the opportunity for aging.