2004 Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros
- 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
17 months in 100% French oak barrels from Burgundian coopers (50% new)
14.5% by volume
Three years from release to reach maturity, with a plateau for another five years after that.
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.