- Producer: Hyde Estate Winery - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Alberto Rogriguez
- Region (AVA): Los Carneros (Napa Valley)
- Blend: 100% Chardonnay
- Vintage production: 550 cases
- Winery location: Los Carneros (Napa)
- Owners: Hyde Family
- First vintage: 2009
- Drinking window: 2020-2029+
About The Wine
This vintage did not see a lot of rain but was overall a moderate growing season. Light rain during bloom lowered crop levels, however, the berries that remained were concentrated. A heat spike during August slowed down the ripening of the grapes giving the fruit depth and great flavors. With the unfortunate occurrence of the 2017 fires, we were lucky enough to have picked all our fruit and secured in barrels before the smoke settled in.
Harvest was on 14th Spetember, 2018, and the wine was aged for 11 months in 25% new 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.
Larry Hyde 'Hyde Vineyard Estate' Chardonnay 2017
"The 2017 Chardonnay Larry Hyde opens slowly, offering subtle glimpses of lime peel, fresh grapefruit and white peaches to begin before giving way to a compelling core of Bosc pears, fennel seed, marzipan and shaved ginger. Medium-bodied with tons of elegance and latent energy, the palate delivers tightly wound layers of citrus and stone fruit plus loads of mineral accents and a racy line of freshness, finishing long and zesty. I'd give this another year or two in bottle and drink it over the following 7-8 years."
95+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (The Wine Advocate, Nov. 2020)