(Tasting notes from the December 2007 review: 'Lemon grass, orange blossom, marmalade, and nectarine characteristics along with notes of buttered citrus, peach, and wet stones are found in the 2006 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard. A full-bodied, beautifully textured style suggest this beauty will drink nicely for 5-7 years.') The relatively cool growing season for 2007 Chardonnays produced tightly knit wines with very crisp acid profiles, superb concentration because of modest yields, and relatively long aging potential of probably up to a decade for most of these Chardonnays. If the scores seem slightly more conservative that in previous vintages, this probably reflects the vintage's personality, which is more backward than the more evolved 2006s or fabulous 2005s, which have always shown brilliantly. Steve Kistler told me that in 2007, they only cropped 22 tons of Pinot Noir fruit from their 18 acres of Pinot vineyards.
Yellow-gold. Deep, leesy aromas of pear, tangerine and smoked meat, with a strong undertone of iodine. Weightier and rounder than the Hudson, with palate-saturating citrus and orchard fruit flavors and chewy texture. Becomes spicier with air and finishes with sweet, lingering citrus and mineral qualities. I suspect that this and the McCrea will be drinking well before the rest of these single-vineyard bottlings. (ST)
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