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Hdv Chardonnay 2005

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VINTAGE NOTESThe 2005 vintage in Los Carneros was cool and slow paced. After an early bud-break in the middle of March, Hyde Vineyard experienced wet weather in May and June. Summer consisted of cool weather thanks to the San Pablo Bay fog influence. From maturation through harvest, days were sunny and mild, allowing flavors to develop gradually with purity and expressive complexity. WINEMAKER NOTESIn its early stages, this wine exhibits intense mineral aromas of pear and apricot immersed in rich spicy notes. The mouth offers layers of stone fruit and floral notes followed by an elegant backbone of acid, carrying the wine to a long finish. Similar to the 2000 Chardonnay, we expect this wine to age beautifully as it builds exponentially from year to year in the bottle. A blend of our oldest blocks, this wine was aged for 11 months in French oak on the lees. The 2005 HdV Chardonnay will be a special wine to cellar. Forty-five percent new French oak has been used for this vintage, bottled without fining or filtration. The 2005 HdV Chardonnay currently favors decanting an hour before serving. It should continue to improve for another six to ten years. - Stéphane Vivier, Winemaker

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Hdv:
HdV is a venture between the Hyde Family of Napa Valley and the de Villaine Family of Burgundy. The families, related by marriage, share long histories in French and Californian winemaking. In HdV, we have brought together our knowledge and experience for the purpose of creating single vineyard wines from the slopes of Hyde Vineyards. Producing some of the most coveted grapes in Napa Valley, H... Read more
HdV is a venture between the Hyde Family of Napa Valley and the de Villaine Family of Burgundy. The families, related by marriage, share long histories in French and Californian winemaking. In HdV, we have brought together our knowledge and experience for the purpose of creating single vineyard wines from the slopes of Hyde Vineyards. Producing some of the most coveted grapes in Napa Valley, Hyde Vineyards has gained distinction for its single vineyard wines. Extending this single vineyard approach, we endeavor to bring transparency to the unique expression of the Hyde Vineyards' terroir. It is through a strict adherence to the most rigorous French philosophies of viticulture and vinification that we believe this can be achieved. By choosing only the best vines from very small acreages, we manage the yields with greater precision to produce limited quantities of intense distinguishable wines. HdV is bottled under the label that bears the coat of arms of the historic de la Guerra family from which Pamela Fairbanks de Villaine and the Hydes descend. De la Guerra is one of the oldest families in California and can trace its winemaking back to a gold medal received at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Fair. The partnership feels that this coat of arms symbolizes the sense of tradition, family, and winemaking history that the new venture embodies in its philosophy. THE WINERY The winery was designed and developed in every aspect to respect the fruit once harvested. We strongly believe in the gentlest handling of the grapes and minimal intervention in order to let the wines develop the characters that are true to the vineyard terroir. From the beginning, the fruit goes through extensive sorting so that only the finest remains as it begins its journey into the winery. At the winery, our equipment is custom designed to maximize the use of gravity and minimize the exposure to mechanical pumping. From the crusher or the press, the fruit is taken to an assortment of tanks that allow us to co-ferment specific lots in order to marry together the distinctive characteristics of each one. Once the wine is in barrel, our winemaker carefully follows each barrel personally until it is time to bring them back together to make the ultimate blend. In each vintage, only the finest barrels will make it into the HdV wines. THE VINEYARD "The secrets to the wines of HdV are found woven into the detritus of attributes that blend together in nature's chaotic order." -- R. Hyde HdV Wines are sourced exclusively from Hyde Vineyards. Originally purchased by the Hyde Family over twenty-five years ago, Larry Hyde has gained national recognition for his viticultural talents growing grapes for some of the best single vineyard wines in the country. Hyde Vineyard was recently honored at the White House when, for the first time ever, several different wines from a single vineyard were featured over the course of a dinner. Terroir Covering sedimentary terraces, Hyde Vineyards is blessed with shallow loamy soils and ancient streambeds that work in conjunction with the cool Carneros climate and gentle winds to create moderate hydric stress within the vines. It is this condition of moderate stress that encourages the vines to maximize their potential. The temperature moderating winds of the Carneros region are key in that they allow for prolonged growing seasons of pleasant Springs and long cool Falls. This extended growing season is vital to the completion of phenolic maturation that brings both intensity and balance to the wines. Farming At Hyde Vineyards, our vines are tended to minimize compaction of the soils so that we are able to encourage a healthy microbial ecosystem and a naturally balanced substructure for the vine,...indeed, the very root of our wines. Sustainably farmed, our vines flourish under a naturally balanced environment that allows a certain amount of vine disease to occur. Though seemingly counter-intuitive, the great growths of France have long understood that a certain amount of disease is not only natural but provides assistance in naturally stressing the vine into producing its finest wines. By avoiding chemical fertilizers and herbicides, a condition of biodiversity in the soil allows the vines to naturally repel most disease through the presence of beneficial organisms and bacteria. Clones (selections) Multiple selections of each varietal are grown for each of the HdV wines to extract the many layers of complexity that are available from the terroir of Hyde Vineyards. With four different selections of Chardonnay and Syrah, three selections of Merlot and one selection of Cabernet Sauvignon, we endeavor to bring every nuance of the vineyard into the wines. Read less

External Reviews for Hdv Chardonnay

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

A brilliant effort. Intense, deep and concentrated, with pure, sharply focused fruit that reverberates with flavor, offering tiers of fresh-cut apple, pear and citrus flavors that are crisp and lively. Has the richness and density to age a decade. Drink now through 2010.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Appealing for its pure flavors, with intense ripe pear, citrus, earth and nutmeg shadings, it's vibrant and crisp, with lively acidity and a long, complex finish that keeps echoing rich fruit flavors. Needs time. Best from 2005 through 2010.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Pale yellow. Aromas of pineapple, lime, toasted grain, smoke and dried nuts; turned increasingly stony and Chassagne-like with aeration. Concentrated and sweet but dry and delicate, with tightly wound flavors of lime, spice, oatmeal and earth. At once dense and lacy, with terrific verve for California chardonnay. Finishes spicy, dry and long.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Made from the Hyde Vineyard, (although it's not designated on the front label), this is as good as Carneros gets. It's soft and opulently layered, offering waves of pineapple, mango, guava, nectarine, peach and new oak flavors in a rich, creamy-leesy texture. The warmth of the vintage worked for this Chardonnay, keeping the Carneros fog away and elevating the wine to perfect ripeness.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Bright, pale yellow. Leesy, deeply pitched aromas of fruit cocktail, earth and minerals, complicated by toffee, clove and tropical fruit nuances. Rich and silky in the mouth, with an exotic high-toned quality and a fatter texture than the de la Guerra bottling. This is sweeter, fuller and more pliant chardonnay, with a deeper pitch to its flavors. Finishes with very good breadth and length, as well a a mineral firmness.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Tight and focused, delivering a beam of lime, citrus and green apple fruit that's crisp and lively, gaining depth and a minerally nuance on the long finish. Drink now through 2012.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Pale yellow. Wild aromas of lemon thyme, melon, beeswax and talc. Savory rather than sweet, with a saline character and solid underlying minerality to the brisk, dusty flavors of ginger, orange oil, chalk and game. Distinctly pungent, soil-inflected chardonnay that I never would have picked as coming from California. Finishes with good chewy density and excellent subtle length.


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VINTAGE NOTESThe 2005 vintage in Los Carneros was cool and slow paced. After an early bud-break in the middle of March, Hyde Vineyard experienced wet weather in May and June. Summer consisted of cool weather thanks to the San Pablo Bay fog influence. From maturation through harvest, days were sunny and mild, allowing flavors to develop gradually with purity and expressive complexity. WINEMAKER NOTESIn its early stages, this wine exhibits intense mineral aromas of pear and apricot immersed in rich spicy notes. The mouth offers layers of stone fruit and floral notes followed by an elegant backbone of acid, carrying the wine to a long finish. Similar to the 2000 Chardonnay, we expect this wine to age beautifully as it builds exponentially from year to year in the bottle. A blend of our oldest blocks, this wine was aged for 11 months in French oak on the lees. The 2005 HdV Chardonnay will be a special wine to cellar. Forty-five percent new French oak has been used for this vintage, bottled without fining or filtration. The 2005 HdV Chardonnay currently favors decanting an hour before serving. It should continue to improve for another six to ten years. - Stéphane Vivier, Winemaker

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