2012 Patz & Hall "Hyde Vineyard" Carneros Chardonnay

SKU #1273609 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 ***Editors' Choice*** There's a lemony leanness to this exquisite wine, from one of the most esteemed vineyards in its region, a site the producer has worked with for more than 20 years. Balanced, it opens with inviting aromas of white flowers and orange peel before delving into complex layers of fresh citrus, ginger snap and lavender. (VB)  (6/2015)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Of equal quality but more flowery and minerally is the 2012 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard. This is from a warmer site than the Hudson, but it behaves like a cold-climate Chardonnay, with crisp, zesty acidity, white currants, quince and floral notes intermixed with citrus oil and lemon butter. (RP)  (12/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright yellow. Captivating, fruit-driven aromas of yellow plum and lemon candy lifted by a floral topnote. Densely packed but not fat or oily, with penetrating acidity intensifying the wine's citrus, floral and chalky flavors. Wonderfully bright, refreshing, long chardonnay with terrific cut to its slightly tart lemony aftertaste. This is harmonious from day one but I'd give it a year or two to absorb some of its acidity and harmonize in bottle. 94+ Points  (5/2014)

Wine & Spirits

 This chardonnay balances its golden peach sweetness with tart apple acidity and the fresh herb scent of wildflower honey, a fruity white to serve with roast salmon and peach salsa.  (4/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Tangy, with a pithy lemon peel flavor and texture lending grip and persistence. Green apple notes linger. Drink now through 2019. (JL, Web-2015)

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- Just across the Golden Gate from San Francisco, Carneros is kept cool by Bay breezes and thick fog, and has long been famous for cool-climate pinot noir, chardonnay and sparkling wine based on the two varietals. Warmer pockets have proved interesting and promising homes for syrah, cabernet and merlot.
Alcohol Content (%): 14