2017 Merryvale Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard
This wine is a classic example of the best of new world fruit made with old world style. 100% barrel fermented in French oak (40% new), the wine is vibrant with natural acidity while exhibiting exceptional depth and complexity. The tropical aromas mingle with a toasty nuttiness, leading into a medium bodied Chardonnay full of vibrant personality and characteristic expression of the cool Carneros region. An evolving wine with an extremely long finish. Perfect with food or as a stand alone example of classic winemaking with the finest Carneros fruit, this is a wine that invites you to return.
The 2017 Hyde Chardonnay displays elegant aromas and flavors of citrus and tropical fruits. With 16 months in barrel, this wine offers oak and spice with fresh acidity that lingers, with some sweetness on the broad finish. The time in barrel rounds out the wine, giving it the complexity and balance we expect from this outstanding vineyard. It should continue to develop for a few more years and be very enjoyable with some time in the bottle.