2014 Aubert "Larry Hyde and Sons Vineyard" Carneros Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Chardonnay Larry Hyde & Sons has a greenish hue to its light-gold color, a fresh, lively nose of poached pears, citrus oil, honeysuckle, a hint of pineapple and tangerine. This is a beautiful, full-bodied Chardonnay to drink over the next decade or more. Mark Aubert continues to set the bar incredibly high for the world-class quality of his Burgundian-styled, remarkable Chardonnays...As I indicated last year, Aubert is at the top of his game, and it is hard to believe any Chardonnay winemaker in the world is turning out a half-dozen Chardonnays at this qualitative level year in and year out.(RP)
The 2014 Chardonnay Larry Hyde and Sons opens with strikingly beautiful aromatics. Sensual, layered and polished, the Hyde boasts fabulous purity, nuance and class. Apricot pit, honey, candied lemon, crème brulee, wild flowers, mint and lightly buttered notes meld into the supple, radiant finish. This is a great example of Hyde. (AG)
Mark Aubert’s Tasting Notes: "The 2014 Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard Chardonnay is without a doubt our best to date. It is a precise reflection of both vintage and terroir. Please note the greenish hue on the edge of the glass, which is indicative of the health of the wine. Initially, aromatics of white nectarines and green apple showcase delicate fruits. Secondary aromas evolve with time to form more expressive, complex notes of bergamot, sea air and citrus flowers. The palate is racy, yet rich, with intense gras and oily textures. Layered with extract and acid, the 2014 Larry Hyde & Sons has what it takes to age for the next 10 to 15 years. The wine has a slight hazy clarity showing our commitment to minimal intervention winemaking."