This is our first offering from the esteemed and visionary Hyde Vineyard in Carneros, Napa Valley, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Larry Hyde first planted here in 1979, and he and his son, Chris, manage the vineyard immaculately. We source our Chardonnay from an Old Wente/Hyde selection block, planted about 30 years ago. The berries are tiny and produce minuscule amounts of pearlescent juice, which yields a wine of finesse, grace and length on the palate. The color is a pale straw with flashes of green and yellow. Fresh aromas of just-ripe peach, lemon curd, anise seed, clove, flint and light vanilla soar from the glass. The palate is refined and layered, with deep fruit, minerality and saline flourishes, as well as the characteristic broadness on the midpalate that defines the vineyard. The acids frame the mouthfeel and provide energy on the lacy, balanced, long finish. 139 cases produced from 6 barrels.
The 2019 Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay comes from Old Wente Clones (Hyde Selection) and vines planted in 1990. Orchard fruits, lemon curd, spice, almond paste, and some subtle floral notes give way to a beautifully textured, medium to full-bodied Chardonnay with classic California opulence balanced by good acidity and a vibrant, focused mouthfeel.
Relic's 2019 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is a medium to full-bodied, soft, rounded and ripe version, a plush, cuddly Chardonnay to curl up with on the couch. One-third matured in new French oak, notes of melon, white peach and gently toasted marshmallow appear on the nose, and there's an attractively silky feel on the finish.
Pretty nose of apricots, peaches, honeysuckle, cream and salted butter. It’s full-bodied with bright acidity and an elegant, saline touch. Buttery yet fresh and with a sleek, delicious finish. Drink now.