HdV ‘De la Guerra’ Los Carneros Chardonnay 2007

Chardonnay from USA
Review Date : 03-Aug-2011
From the ‘Hyde' vineyard in Los Carneros, a wine made by the Hyde family and Albert de Villaine, with Stephane Vivier winemaker. Full barrel-fermentation to 14.1% alc with 100% MLF. Brilliant light-golden straw-yellow colour. This has a very tight, stylishly proportioned nose with powerful and intense aromas of mealy, nutty fruit with oxidative and complex sulphide elements, along with matching oak. On palate, this combines concentration and density of rich, mealy flavours and white burgundian complexities of flintiness and nuttiness. Layers of flavours unfold in the glass, and all is driven by fine, racy acidity. A classy and classical style that will develop over the next 4-5+ years.  Aug 2011

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