Hyde de Villaine (HdV)

California: Napa Valley, United States

Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros, Napa Valley — 2020

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: Los Carneros, Napa Valley

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

      Age of vines: 29 to 41 years

      Clones: “Old Wente” and Calera selections

      Exposure: South by southeast

      Soil: Haire Loam Clay

      Subterranean: Ancient terraces and alluvial fans

      Harvest dates: August 20 – September 11

      Barrel aging: 20% New French oak

      Bottled: March 8, 2022; unfined and unfiltered

      Alcohol: 13.8%

  • Vintage Report

    • 2020 gave birth to wines full of character and personality, emphasizing the strength and resilience of Hyde Vineyard. The growing season was defined by extreme drought conditions and intense heat, creating challenges for even growth and ripening. Yields were
      light but the resulting wines are of precision and concentration, accompanied by brighter natural acid and pronounced minerality. Despite the challenges 2020 presented in the vineyards as well as our personal lives, we are proud of the wines we were able to create to commemorate Hyde de Villaine’s 20th anniversary!

  • Technical Information

    • Alcohol: 13.8%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Aromas of Golden Delicious apple and honeysuckle are balanced by hints of nutmeg, saline, and white pepper. Subtle herbal tones of lemon verbena lend to a “nervy” edge of this wine that cuts through the palate. Flavors of apricot and mango round out the brighter tones of lime and other bright citrus. The lean texture and tension in the wine promise to reward those that are able to cellar. — Guillame Boudet, Winemaker



  • Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros, Napa Valley — 2020 – Vinous – 93 Points

    “Shows great focus and tension, along with the natural richness that is so characteristic of this site. Lemon confit, honeysuckle, white flowers and a kiss of French oak all grace this attractive Chardonnay from Hyde De Villaine. There's real depth and intensity here.”

  • Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros, Napa Valley — 2020 – Wine Spectator – 96 Points

    “An expressive white, with a savory, minerally edge that’s distinctive and crisp, imparting elegance and restraint to the core fruit flavors.”