The 2012 Patz & Hall Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is a true testament to the elegance and power that Hyde Vineyard is renowned for. Its brilliant golden color entices the eye, while on the nose, delicate white flowers, enticing summer melon, zesty tangerine zest, and spicy poached pears intertwine to create an alluring bouquet. The palate is a symphony of flavors, where orange and lemon take center stage, supported by hints of toasted almond and vanilla that add depth and complexity. The wine's fresh acidity shines through, providing a vibrant and lively character, complemented by a subtle white chalk and mineral note that lingers on the exceptionally long and detailed finish. This Chardonnay showcases the hallmark traits of Hyde Vineyard, making it an exceptional choice for enthusiasts seeking a classic and memorable experience.
Robert Parker - 93 Points
"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."
Antonio Galloni - 92+ Points
"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."