Hdv Chardonnay 2005
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
External Reviews for Hdv Chardonnay
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.