Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Vintage production: 330 cases
Larry Hyde is the King of Chardonnay growers in California. His fruit is hand-selected by the very best producers for their single vineyard bottlings: Mark Aubert, Steve Kistler, David Ramey and Aubert de Villaine (Hyde de Villaine & Domaine de La Romanée Conti), to name just a few.
In 1979, Larry planted the legendary Hyde Vineyard in Los Carneros, Napa’s coolest-climate, and quickly built his reputation as one of the finest growers in California. A Chardonnay with ‘Hyde Vineyard’ on the label is of an assured ‘Grand Cru’ level, yet the story gets even more compelling.
In 2005, Larry took the leap from grower to winemaker and planted his family’s new Estate Vineyard, described by Mark Aubert as “Where Burgundy meets California” – a brilliant summation of the Larry Hyde ‘Hyde Vineyard Estate’ Chardonnay produced from this remarkable site.
Such is the tiny production, there’s rarely a chance to experience what it’s like once the wine has flexed its muscles with some proper bottle age. We have a line-up of the first three vintages produced (2012-2014), all sourced directly from the Estate where they’ve been perfectly cellared since bottling.
Alberto Rodriguez, Winemaker
“The nose is elegant and complex with aromas of orange blossom, green apple and stone fruit. Mouthwatering acidity highlights flavors of peach, honeysuckle and herbal notes giving way to a lingering finish.”