2018 Merryvale Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard
From the famed Hyde Vineyard in Carneros, the wine is a blend of the Musque and iconic Wente clone. Traditional Burgundian winemaking techniques allow the purity of the fruit and the site to shine through. The grapes were hand-picked, carefully sorted, then whole cluster pressed to new and used French oak barrels. The wine is barrel fermented using native yeasts and undergoes full malolactic fermentation with minimal stirring. The wine spent a total of 18 months in 35% new French Burgundy barrels.
Exotic notes of mango, guava, and honeysuckle entice the palate. Refined acidity naturally balances the luscious mouthfeel obtained through native barrel fermentation. The wine is long and lingering, deepening as it evolves in the glass. A wonderful example of the beauty of classic winemaking when paired with a timeless vineyard. Drink now and over the next 5+ years.