Old Wente Clone, Hyde Vineyard
Los Carneros, Napa Valley
Club Price $48.00
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 has lingering notes of honey suckle, jasmine and pear. Mouth watering acidity highlights flavors of white peach, lemon curd and lychee supported by a perfect balance of oak. The finish is well balanced and bright.
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Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Technical Data: ALC: 14.2% by vol.; TA: 6.2 G/L; pH: 3.45
Cooperage: 9 Months in 100% French Oak Puncheons (50% New)
The grapes were harvested during the early hours of the day, to guarantee they get picked at cooler temperatures. This will allow 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 puncheon barrels (30% new), where they underwent primary fermentation by the use of native yeast. 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 components went through malolactic fermentation to balance the beautiful bold natural acidity that the vineyard offers. The wine is aged on its lees for a full 9 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. This particular block we source grapes from was planted in 1979; Old Wente Clone, on AXR rootstock. This Chardonnay clone is known for producing clusters of chicks and hens clusters containing berries of different sizes and levels of maturity, granting the final wine great complexity and acidity.
The 2017 vintage saw generous winter rains that refreshed ground water supplies and led to a cool, mild spring which prepared the vineyards for the summertime heat. Harvest began for Artesa on August 11 and moved quickly. A long, even summer ripening season ended with high temperatures in excess of 100 degrees for five days in early August. As a result harvest was completed for us by late September, weeks ahead of usual, and before the devastating fires that broke out on October 8. The 2017 wines show ripe, concentrated flavors and excellent balance.