Hyde de Villaine (HdV)

California: Napa Valley, United States

Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros, Napa Valley – 2015

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: Hyde Vineyard, at the eastern edge of Los Carneros District
    • Appellation: Los Carneros, Napa Valley
    • Size: 8.64 acres
    • Vine Age: 24 to 36 years
    • Clones: “Old Wente” and Calera
    • Soil: Shallow loam over clay hardpan
    • Exposure: South by southeast
  • Vintage Report

    • Harvest Date(s): August 15 – September 1, 2015
  • Vinification

    • Malolactic: Yes
    • Aging: 11 months; 20% new French oak barrels, 22% foudre
    • Bottled: November 17, 2016
  • Technical Information

    • Production (in cases): 1,860 cases
    • Production Case Pack: 12/750ml
    • Alcohol: 13.8%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Fresh floral and citrus notes are abundant in the complex aromatics of this wine. Citrus, pear and apricot accompanied by a wonderfully balanced acidity and freshness that suggests long age-ability. Mineral depth and a rich mouthfeel speak toward the old-world style of this mouth-watering Chardonnay. Elegant and restrained, like a queen on her throne, it is poised, firm and elegant on the palate, with a long-lasting finish, sure to entice the senses and keep one returning for more! — Stéphane Vivier, Winemaker



  • Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros, Napa Valley – 2015 – 95 points – Vinous

    The 2015 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is bright, pure and focused, especially within the context of the year. Winemaker Stephane Vivier did a terrific job in capturing a compelling interplay of freshness and textural richness. Lemon peel, white flowers, white orchard fruit and mint give the wine its lifted personality, but there is plenty of palate weight and depth. This is a classy, super-polished Chardonnay from Hyde de Villaine.

  • Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros, Napa Valley – 2015 – 96 points – James Suckling

    Very dense yet tangy and energetic with beautiful intensity of flavor and brightness, which shows creme caramel. Full-bodied and vivid. Long and layered. Richness with brightness and focus. Drink now, but it’s also one for aging as well.