Hyde de Villaine (HdV)

California: Napa Valley, United States

Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros, Napa Valley – 2011

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Size: 9.42 acres
    • Vine Age: 22-32 years
    • Soil: Shallow loam over clay hardpan
    • Exposure: South by southeast
  • Vintage Report

    • Hyde Vineyard experienced a long, cold season that began with wet weather well into mid-June. Ultimately, the rainy weather delayed flowering and set. What followed was a cool summer providing slow and steady fruit maturation. A late September harvest capped off the ideal vintage providing balance and heightened minerality.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 9, 22, 27 and October 2
  • Vinification

    • Malolactic: Yes
    • Aging: 12 months in oak (20% new) and 3 months in stainless steel
    • Bottled: December 4, 2012
  • Technical Information

    • Production (in cases): 1,920 cases
    • Production Case Pack: 12/750ml
  • Tasting Notes

    • Aromas of stone fruit, citrus and delicate spicy notes are expressed on the nose. The palate displays freshness and purity, typical of a cool-climate growing season. The wines precise definition lingers on the palate finishing with the trademark Hyde Vineyard minerality. The 2011 reminisces of the 2007 vintage, as the existing richness will increasingly pronounce itself over time, harmonizing with the natural acidity. In the cellar, this wine will age for years to come and reward throughout the duration of its long life. Winemaker Stéphane Vivier



  • Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros, Napa Valley – 2011 – 90 points – Wine Enthusiast

    "Ripe golden pear delivers a richness to the palate that is offset by floral minerality and a pleasant texture of citrus and spice.”