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Review 2016 HdV Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay Carneros Napa 750ml

2016 HdV Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay Carneros Napa 750ml

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If DRC is involved, you know its going to be incredible! A partnership between Aubert de Villaine and the Hyde Family (who won their first California wine medal in 1876!), this is nectar of the gods for a steal.
About the Wine

History

Old World meets New World in this family partnership between the Hydes of Hyde Vineyard (Carneros, Napa), their cousin Pamela (née Fairbanks), and her husband, Aubert de Villaine, co-director of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (Burgundy). From the very first vintage in 2000, Hyde de Villaine wines have shown their pedigree, fusing the finesse and balance of Old-World winemaking with the exuberance of California fruit from the legendary Hyde Vineyard.

Hyde de Villaine (HdV) represents the shared history, experience and vision of these two families. Bringing the rich traditions of France’s winemaking techniques, Aubert drives Hyde de Villaine’s viticulture and winemaking philosophy — one that espouses minimal intervention by the winemaker in order to express the varietal, the vineyard and the vintage. Larry brings a legacy of family farming in California and over four decades of experience growing wine grapes in Napa Valley, particularly Carneros. Aubert and Larry are both innovators with a desire for continuous improvement in the vineyard, and they have established a culture around the pursuit of excellence for Hyde de Villaine wines over the past 23 years.

The Wines

Hyde de Villaine (HdV) Chardonnay is distinctive from its Californian counterparts for its minerality, structure and natural acidity, all of which provide a fresh, seamless wine that pairs beautifully with food. Sourced from older-vine blocks at Hyde Vineyard, the 30-plus-year-old vines produce a wine of character and concentration. This wine is aged in French oak (20 percent new) for 12 months, followed by three months in stainless steel and an additional 14 months of bottle maturation. Reminiscent of grand cru Burgundy, this wine will age gracefully for two decades.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: Hyde Vineyard, at the eastern edge of Los Carneros District
    • Appellation: Los Carneros, Napa Valley
    • Size: 8.64 acres
    • Vine Age: 25 to 37 years
    • Clones: “Old Wente” and Calera
    • Soil: Shallow loam over clay hardpan
    • Exposure: South by southeast
  • Vintage Report

    • 2016 started with a cold and wet winter, which gave the vines a well-deserved dormancy after the fast-paced growing season of 2015. Bud break occurred in mid-March and was followed by a dry and warm spring. This resulted in a healthy and vigorous canopy and ideal pollination, resulting in a bountiful crop.

      Heavy fog in early August slowed down the maturation process and allowed for optimal phenolic development while retaining the freshness and natural acidity Hyde Vineyard is known for.

    • Harvest Date(s): August 27–September 12 2016
  • Vinification

    • Malolactic: Yes
    • Aging: 11 months in French oak; 80% barrels (20% new) and 20% foudre
    • Bottled: November 15, 2017; unfined and unfiltered
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
95+ Points

Chalky at first, the 2016 Chardonnay takes its time to reveal citrus blossoms, lime peel, crushed stone, apricots and pure lemon and apple fruit with dusty, minerally nuances. The palate walks a wonderful line of pure, ripe fruits and fresh citrusy and rocky accents. It has a silky texture, tangy lift and a very long, nuanced finish. This has the stuffing and structure to be very long lived.

Erin Brooks, June 2020
 
jamessuckling.com
95 Points

This is very dense and serious with freshness and powerful acidity that gives it intensity and focus. Goes on and on with so much floral and sliced-lime flavor and hints of white flowers, pear blossom and minerals. So beautiful to drink now, but will improve with age.

James Suckling, February 1, 2019