2014 Massican Winery Chardonnay Hyde Vineyards Napa Valley

“More about linearity than flesh.”

2014 Massican Winery Chardonnay Hyde Vineyards Napa Valley


I’ve previously written about winemaker Dan Petroski’s white wine project, Massican, and included a review of this wine. Dan offered a chance to re-taste, and also sent along his new releases (watch this space).

The Hyde Vineyards lie in a cool corner of Carneros, a site that enjoys a blanket of morning fog from the San Pablo Bay. Three feet of loam sit atop a stratum of unyielding clay, and the landscape is punctuated by river stones.

This wine is 100 percent Chardonnay, and with a year of bottle age, it seems to have grown up. Pale yellow and aromatic, it reads like a ripe pineapple, with (naturally) pine, yellow apple, and tropical fruits. But the body is surprisingly lean and sharp and chalky, not fruit-driven at all, despite its suggestion of of lemony citrus and green apple skin. The finish is vanishingly short. It is a wine without great body or persistence, more about linearity than flesh. Which is all good.

13% abv | about $50 (sample)



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