2012 Kistler "Hyde Vineyard" Carneros Chardonnay
The 2012 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is one of the more exuberant wine in this lineup. Orange peel, mint, butter, smoke and hazelnuts blossom in a warm, burnished Chardonnay built on pure textural depth. With time in the glass, the Hyde shows off its trademark oily, viscous texture, along with tropical-inflected notes that add an exotic flair. Hyde is always about resonance and creaminess, and there is plenty of both in the 2012. (AG)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard seems to be the most laid-back, retrained and leanest of all the Chardonnays in the 2012 Kistler portfolio. Floral notes are reticent but emerge with coaxing. The wine is medium-bodied and shows good acidity as well as some tightness and restraint that may favor it among those looking for less ostentatious and exuberant styles of Chardonnay. It is well-endowed, but seems to be holding back a lot of its charm and character under a cloak of acidity. (RP)
Very tight and compact, revealing little outside a vibrant intensity and a core of citrus-infused green apple, melon and spice flavors, tightening on the finish. (JL)
Green-tinged pale yellow. Classical aromas of ripe stone fruit, roasted grains, and grilled nuts. Penetrating, expressive and light on its feet, showing a firm acid spine and an almost oily texture to its lime blossom and hazelnut flavors.