- Producer: Hyde Estate Winery - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Alberto Rogriguez
- Region (AVA): Los Carneros (Napa Valley)
- Blend: 100% Chardonnay
- Vintage production: 285 cases
- Winery location: Los Carneros (Napa)
- Owners: Hyde Family
- First vintage: 2009
- Drinking window: 2020-2031
About The Wine
The near-perfect 2016 growing season started early, and saw ideal weather conditions throughout the valley. Thanks to a relatively steady and mild July and August followed by a series of warm days at the end of the growing season, the grapes were able to progress to perfect ripeness.
Harvest was on September 9th, 2016, and the wine was aged for 11 months on 25% new French oak, and 75% 'neutral' French oak.
Founded by Larry Hyde in 1979, Hyde Vineyards is located in the heart of Napa Valley's Carneros region. Hyde Vineyards has long been hailed a grand cru-caliber site primarily known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay fruit, used by some of the most highly acclaimed wine producers in Napa and Sonoma. In 2009, Larry decided to debut his own small-lot production Pinot Noir project and today, the Hyde Estate Winery sits looking out onto the acclaimed vineyards near the Carneros Highway corridor surrounded by 25 acres planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The estate features a state-of-the-art production facility and an elegant tasting room where guests are welcomed to by-appointment seated tastings of estate-grown wines showcasing several varietals made from this unique terroir.
Larry Hyde 'Hyde Vineyard Estate' Chardonnay 2016
"The 2016 Chardonnay brazenly sashays out of the glass with bold notions of mandarin peel, lemongrass, green apples and fresh pears plus hints of beeswax, honeysuckle and toasted almonds and a waft of nutmeg. Medium-bodied, the palate is very tightly knit with great freshness and loads of mineral sparks intertwined beautifully with all those citrus layers, finishing long and chalky. Elegant yet intense with amazing tension and exquisite poise, this should age incredibly! Only 500 cases were made. This wine is mostly sold through cellar door and a few distributors in California.
This Chardonnay comes from a single Wente selection clone planted on the Estate Vineyard on Los Carneros Avenue. The wine undergoes a very long, gentle pressing before being 100% barrel fermented with native yeast, using 30% of the oak new (mainly Francois Freres). It went through 100% malolactic and was bottled unfined and unfiltered."
96+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (The Wine Advocate, Dec. 2019)