Much like the 2010 vintage, this is a classic expression of Hyde, delivering all of the vineyard character that makes this site legendary. The aromas burst with high-frequency aromas of orange, white flowers and jasmine, as well as more subtle layers of chalk, spice and shortbread. The palate, which is focused and energetic, has pronounced minerality and crisp acidity. At the same time, there's a lovely texture and weight that belies the acidity, and a lingering, almost sappy quality to the mid-palate. French oak adds seamlessly integrated notes of clove, warm spice and gingerbread that linger on the long finish.
"Pale, bright straw-yellow. Subtle aromas of peach syrup, apple and spices, lifted by high notes of orange oil and flowers. Densely packed and tightly coiled, with enticing sweetness leavened by penetrating minerally acidity. For a fairly glyceral wine, this chardonnay finishes stony, brisk and strong.
International Wine Cellar
"Another stuffing wine from one of America's greatest vineyards; smooth and ripe with tangy, vibrant acidity and lovely texture; crisp and lively with elegance and great style. "
"Another exotic wine is the 2011 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard, which seems slightly more reserved than the Dutton but builds incrementally in the mouth to a medium to full-bodied, beautiful Chardonnay with notes of poached pear, white peach, honeysuckle and mango. It is medium-bodied and very classy. "
The Wine Advocate