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Winter Release Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay

Winemaker’s Notes

Our 2019 Hyde bottling is an extremely elegant, nuanced and poised wine from this historic vineyard in the Napa Valley’s cool southern Carneros district. It’s beautifully structured and vibrant, a classic expression of the focused character and purity of the exceptional tiny-berried fruit that’s grown and harvested here each year. 

The initial taut character gives way to rich, forward fruit and botanical aromas with an attractive saline green herb quality. Aromas of apple, pear and nectarine blend with oyster shell and clove. Persistent citrus flavors on the palate are defined by waves of grapefruit pith and lime zest. The wine has beautiful flow and equilibrium – everything is in place and driving in one direction. The ripe, succulent fruit sits beautifully on the palate with a lilting quality and a long, mouthwatering finish of great persistence.  

The wine has impressive expanding richness and oily weight with deep texture and concentration that’s tucked in for future expansion. The wine has really “put on weight” since bottling this past winter and will develop gracefully for the next 5 years. I recommend you approach this wine as if it were red, not white, serving at around 60°F, not too chilled, and decant for an hour if possible. Drink between late-2021-2027. 

Andy Smith

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Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay  - DuMOL


Harvest Date

September 6th


Carneros-Napa Valley


Old Wente

Age of Vines at Harvest

27 years

Barrel Aging

aged 11 months in 38% new french oak barrels from tonnellerie chassin then six months settling in tank.


376 cases of 750mL
16 cases of 1.5L
12 bottles of 3L


95 points Jeb Dunnuck, July 2021
92 points Vinous Media, May 2021