VINTAGE NOTESThe 2005 vintage in Los Carneros was cool and slow paced. After an early bud-break in the middle of Marc...Read more...
A savory white from the Hyde-de Villaine partnership, this comes from Hyde's oldest blocks of chardonnay. It includes fruit from an old Wente secti... Read more
An earthy style of chardonnay, this emphasizes tight, dry flavors of lees, giving a sense of gunflint, rolled oats, the dust off soil in the sun. I... Read more
Beautifully crafted, sleek, rich and refined, with a tight, elegant beam of spicy pear, citrus, honey and fresh, clean earth. Tapered on the finish... Read more
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A savory white from the Hyde-de Villaine partnership, this comes from Hyde's oldest blocks of chardonnay. It includes fruit from an old Wente section planted in 1979, and from a Calera San Benito selection planted in 1989, both dry-farmed in shallow loam soils. It has the plush richness of apple butter, cut by gingery acidity. With a day of air, the wine seems to grown fresher, its minerality and verve a seductive match for Dungeness crab.
An earthy style of chardonnay, this emphasizes tight, dry flavors of lees, giving a sense of gunflint, rolled oats, the dust off soil in the sun. It grows more expressive with air; decant this with grilled escolar or age it several years. Cousins by marriage, Larry Hyde and Aubert de Villaine (of Domaine Romanée-Conti), set up this project at Hyde's vineyard in Carneros.
Beautifully crafted, sleek, rich and refined, with a tight, elegant beam of spicy pear, citrus, honey and fresh, clean earth. Tapered on the finish, where flavors are long and detailed. Nary a trace of oak in the classy, streamlined debut from the California-based Hyde family and their relatives, the de Villaines of Burgundy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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