2008 Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros
Hyde Vineyard, Carneros
Carneros, Napa Valley
- Hand sorted, whole cluster pressed
- 100% barrel fermented
- 100% malolactic fermentation
11 months in French oak barrels (30% new)
14.5% by volume
Three years from release to reach maturity, with a plateau for another five years after that.
Larry Hyde farms some of the most sought after grapes in the cool Carneros growing region of Napa. This wine is a blend of two blocks of Chardonnay from the Hyde Vineyard. The grapes are hand-picked, carefully sorted, whole cluster pressed and barrel fermented. The wine goes through 100% malolactic fermentation and spends eleven months in French Oak, with 30% new barrels.
The 2008 vintage was a roller coaster ride from start to finish. The growing season started with a historic frost that resulted in some mild crop loss in the cooler areas, particularly with Chardonnay. Record high temperatures in May were abruptly followed by dry winds and then a cool rainy patch. With the lighter crop and warm, dry remainder of the growing season, ripening progressed ideally through harvest. The result is a slightly smaller crop in 2008 with above average to excellent quality.
Aromas of fresh Bartlett Pear and red apple are interwoven with lychee nut, orange zest, white flowers baked bread and spice. The mouthfeel is balanced and elegant with great acidity leading to a very long finish.