DuMOL Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2018


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“The sole Napa Chardonnay in this range, the 2018 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is ample and broad in feel. Apricot, tangerine oil, spice, vanillin and tropical fruit all show the richer, more extroverted side of Chardonnay to great effect. The Hyde is more power than finesse, and there is plenty of the former. Drinking window: 2022-2028. 93 points

My tastings at DuMOL are usually pretty epic, as I sample two vintages of pretty much the entire range. The pandemic made a visit this year impossible, so this report focuses on the bottled 2018s. The wines are brilliant across the board, just as they were from barrel. Winemaker Andy Smith describes 2018 as a year with moderate temperatures, especially at harvest time, which allowed for picking tiny sections of vineyards in small, separate passes. From top to bottom, this is an impressive lineup.”

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/21)