Late spring showers, ultimately delaying budbreak and lengthening flowering, marked an atypical 2010 vintage at Hyde Vineyard. Consistent and warm summer weather followed providing a slow and steady fruit development. In late September, our Chardonnay fruit achieved maturity (three weeks later than our average ‘vendanges’). Good fortune would have it that all of our Chardonnay was sourced before an abrupt and intense heat spell in late September.
Fruit sourced from the Hyde Vineyard in Carneros. The nose expresses pear, spice and orange peel undertones. On the palate the ubiquitous HdV minerality lingers in harmony with stone fruit and apricot characteristics. The multilayered palate is carried through by a steadying, persistent acidity for a long finish. A wine that displays the power of California fruit in part to the warmer weather yet is tempered by the restrained qualities that are Hyde Vineyard’s trademark minerality and freshness.