92 Points - Wine Spectator
"A wine of richness and finesse, with perfumed honeysuckle, fig, honeydew and spicy cedary oak, all folding together nicely, maintaining richness through a long persistent finish. Drink now. 98 cases made."
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‘old Wente’ Hyde selection
99 Cases Produced
This golden straw colored wine greets your nose with waves of smile-inducing crème brûlée, bananas and caramel. The wine itself is equally as pleasing with initial flavors of key lime followed by more tropical fruit mixed with some light minerality of wet stone, dried rosemary and note of honeysuckle. The mouthwatering finish is clean and refreshing, like the brine of a fresh oyster.
Another bumper crop but not quite as large as the previous. Grower anticipation had this year’s vines in perfect vine vigor/fruit balance. All phases of the growing season were strait forward and uneventful to the point of boring but boring winegrowing equates to excellent wine. Harvests in recent years are becoming more compact; this one lasted just 30 days. This would normally create overload difficulties in the winery but since Chasseur production has been decreasing significantly every grape received full attention. The resulting wines are stylistically the antithesis of the 2012’s, which were tightly wound early on and needed time to open up. The 2013’s are very forward, open, aromatic, flavorful and ready to drink.