2016 Hyde Chardonnay, Los Carneros

Old Wente Clone, Hyde VYD.
Los Carneros, Napa Valley
$60.00  |  Club Price $48.00
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The Hyde Chardonnay captures the essence of Hyde Vineyard with stunningly fresh acidity and minerality. By picking the grapes based on flavor and acidity, we are able to obtain a Chardonnay that is bright and well balanced, with great concentration of fruit. The nose is soft and elegant with complex aromas of honey suckle and stone fruit evolving in the glass. Mouth watering acidity highlights flavors of white peach and lychee supported by a perfect balance of oak softening the bright acid and giving way to a lingering finish.
280 cases produced

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Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Technical Data: ALC: 13.5% by vol.; TA 6.8 G/L; pH: 3.33
Cooperage: 9 Months in French Oak Barrels (50% New)

The grapes are harvested during the very early hours of the morning, to guarantee the grapes get picked at cooler temperatures and allows for better acid, sugar levels, as well as aromatics. The grapes were whole cluster pressed, using a slow cycle that gently presses the must rendering clean juice with few solids. Winemaker Ana Diogo-Draper placed 100% of the juice into French oak barrels (50% new), using both classic Burgundy style barrels, as well as puncheons. Barrels are placed in a specially designed igloo, in our Barrel Room, so the juice ferments at a low temperature. This technique allows us to retain the highly volatile aroma components, and therefore, produce a wine that has an intense aromatic profile. After primary fermentation, all lots went through malolactic fermentation to balance the beautiful bold natural acidity that the vineyard offers, the wine is then aged on its lees for a full 9 months, with weekly lees stirring, for about three months. The wines were tasted weekly and racked once prior to bottling.
Hyde Vineyard is located in the heart of Los Carneros on the south side of Hwy 12. The 72 acre vineyard was planted in 1979 by Larry Hyde. The passion of the Hyde family for this renowned vineyard along with forward thinking resulted in planting new clones of chardonnay and experimenting with row directions. This combination also allows the family to consistently look forward into the future with the goal of producing high quality grapes that make stunning wine, and farm accordingly. The care that is given this vineyard is part of the reason we were drawn to it and decided to create a single vineyard designated Chardonnay that showcased the qualities and prestige of the fruit that we sourced.
Bud break arrived early this year, beginning around Valentines Day, and it was a much cooler and foggy season through August. We had no excessive heat in July, August or September, which provided for a longer hang time for the grapes. The grapes ripened uniformly and calmly at their own pace and yields were a tad higher and the flavors are phenomenal.

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