Hyde de Villaine (HdV)

California: Napa Valley, United States

Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros, Napa Valley — 2019

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Proprietors: Mr. and Mrs. Aubert de Villaine; Mr. and Mrs. Laurence W. Hyde; Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Hyde III

      Appellation: Los Carneros, Napa Valley

      Vineyard: Hyde Vineyard, at the eastern edge of Los Carneros District

      Age of vines: 28 to 40 years

      Clones: “Old Wente” and Calera selections

      Exposure: South by southeast

      Soil: Haire Loam Clay

      Subterranean: Ancient terraces and alluvial fans

      Acreage: 8.64 acres

      Harvest dates: August 29 – September 18

      Malolactic: Yes

      Barrel aging: 15 months in French oak (20% new); 3 months in stainless before bottling

      Bottled: May 3, 2021; unfined and unfiltered

      Alcohol: 13.8%

  • Vintage Report

    • Napa experienced a dry start to our winter, followed by heavy rains into early spring. The late rains resulted in high vigor, a lower than average set and challenging viticultural conditions. Spring and summer followed with exceptional weather; heavy fog in the mornings followed by warm, sunny days. The optimal conditions created a lengthy growing season and allowed us to pinpoint the perfect dates to pick each individual block. 2019 was an exciting vintage because of the balance, concentration and purity of flavors focused by fresh acidity.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 5 - 27
  • Tasting Notes

    • “Refinement and purity are the hallmarks of this vintage. Aromas of yellow apple and mango skin are balanced by crisp minerality and notes of smoked almond. The palate showcases fresh, lime-like acidity and linear mouthfeel while being offset by tones of toasted Ezekiel bread and subtle hints of vanilla bean. While being expressive in its youth, we feel that the qualities of this wine are better realized with age. “— Guillame Boudet, Winemaker



  • Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros, Napa Valley — 2019 – Wine Spectator – 96 Points

    "This stunning version offers a pure beam of white nectarine, mango and ripe Bartlett pear flavors that mingle with notes of pound cake, toasted, salted hazelnut and nutmeg on a supple, rich frame, which draws focus from a bright thread of acidity."