A row of barrels in the Relic cave.

2021 Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay

The sunny, warm dry conditions of 2021 pushed the vines at the famous Hyde vineyard to find water, and the result is a stunningly mineral-laden, rich, dense Chardonnay that stays light on its feet with chalky cut. Aromas of lemon curd, pear, sage, Asian spice sail from the glass. The palate has the layered texture Chardonnay is famous for, but its moderate 13.3% alcohol keeps the wine supple, fresh and vibrant on the long finish. 

  • 100% Chardonnay
  • Barrel-fermented and aged in once-used French Oak barrels for 11 months
  • Native yeast fermentation
  • 100% native malolactic
  • From the Hyde Vineyard in the Carneros AVA
  • Planted in 1989 in pebbly clay-loam soils
  • Old Wente - Hyde Selection clone
  • Unfined and unfiltered
  • 2 barrels produced 40 cases
  • Music Pairing: “Sunshine of your Love" by Cream
The 2021 Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay sings of fresh Bosc pears and yellow apples with hints of allspice, marzipan, and lightly buttered toast. The palate is medium-bodied and elegant, with a refreshing backbone and vibrant apple and pear layers, finishing long and chalky.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown
The Wine Independent
April 13, 2023