Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2020
Hyde Vineyards was established in 1979 by Larry Hyde, one of Napa Valley’s most respected grape growers and an innovator notable for planting a unique variety of clones and meticulously orienting the row direction to suit the rolling hills of the Carneros AVA. Cool afternoon breezes from the Petaluma Gap lead to a long growing season that produces grapes with great character and depth of flavor. Alpha Omega’s Chardonnay block is in the Home Ranch Vineyard, the oldest Chardonnay planting on the property, originally planted in 1978 to the Old Wente clone and replanted in 1994 with the same clone.
This 100% Chardonnay was barrel fermented in 100% French oak, 30% new and 70% neutral, followed by 16 months of aging in French oak with the same barrel composition.
On the nose: Elegant fruit and floral aromas of honeycrisp apples and vine flowers are accented by notes of cashews, toast, farro and dried sage.
On the palate: Integrated citrus fruit, mango, tres leches and tarragon flavors are complemented by a balancing acidity and a chalky, mineral finish.