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2004 Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros


BLEND
100% Chardonnay

VINEYARDS
Hyde Vineyard

APPELLATION
Carneros

WINEMAKING

  • Whole-cluster pressed
  • 100% fermented in French oak barrels
  • 100% fermented with native yeast
  • 100% complete malolactic fermentation
  • Aged on the lees, stirred monthly
  • Bottled unfiltered

BARREL AGING
17 months in 100% French oak barrels from Burgundian coopers (50% new)

ALCOHOL
14.5% by volume

RELEASE DATE
September, 2006

BOTTLING DATE
April, 2006

PRODUCTION
580 cases

CELLARING
Three years from release to reach maturity, with a plateau for another five years after that.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES
This Chardonnay was grown by Larry Hyde in a block of his Carneros vineyard planted to a mix of flavorful, aromatic clones. Tropical fruit notes combine with flavors reminiscent of baked apple resulting from barrel fermentation by native yeast in French oak. The wine was aged in barrels on light lees until racking and bottling.