"The 2013 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is one of the richest, most powerful Chardonnays in the range. Here it is the wine's phenolic and sense of vertical structure that stand out most. Even with all of its obvious richness and heft, the Hyde preserves remarkable freshness. Dried herbs, orange peel and buttery notes add nuance on the large-scaled, ample finish." –Feb-16
"A classy example of sleek, Burgundian Chardonnay, this is trim, with lively acidity and a zesty offering of tangerine, citrus, tart white peach and subtle oak. Charming now but built to age, this will likely be better by 2017. Sails along on the finish. Drink now through 2021. 1,160 cases made."
"Lastly, the 2013 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard displays plenty of wet, gravelly minerals, medium body and terrific acidity, with notes of apple blossom, citrus, honeysuckle and white peach. This is one of the Chardonnays that ages well, and a 2005 served at the same tasting was still holding onto life." –Mar 2016
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.
The soils are quite heavy Haire Clay Loam about 30 inches deep with impenetrable clay subsoil which limits vine vigor and crop yield.
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. (1160 cases)
2013 summed up to be a perfect vintage with clear sunny days and cool evenings.
This produced a long, moderate growing season with extended hang time and even
ripening, resulting in a full range of flavors while retaining natural acidity.