VINEYARD Hyde Vineyard is situated on gently rolling slopes of the Carneros District, on the Napa side. Summer temperatures are kept relatively cool by marine air flowing through the Petaluma Gap. Ancient creek beds provide drainage and add a scattering of rocks. Chard clones: Wente, Robert Young, Long field Selections.
The soils are quite heavy Haire Clay Loam about 30 inches deep with impenetrable clay subsoil which limits vine vigor and crop yield.
WINEMAKING Grapes are whole-cluster pressed for phenolic delicacy. Native-yeast and full native malolactic fermentation take place in barrel, with sur lies bâtonnage. Aging After aging 18 months in 30% new François Frères French oak barrels, the Chardonnay is fined and settled in tank. It is then bottled without filtration.