White Wine United States
HDV Hyde de Villaine Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay from Carneros
What Makes This Wine Popular?
This Chardonnay is like no other – it's a truly unique and captivating experience! The Hyde de Villaine Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay from Carneros has been crafted with the utmost care and attention. It's full-bodied, with intense aromas of ripe yellow fruit, toasted hazelnuts, and butterscotch. On the palate, it reveals a creamy texture and notes of lemon zest, honeycomb, and white peach. Rich yet balanced flavors make this wine an absolute delight to drink. Aged in French oak barrels for 15 months, this Chardonnay is an amazing expression of California terroir that will leave you wanting more!
A Little Trivia
The winery was co-founded by some of the most famous names in California winemaking, including Aubert de Villaine from Burgundy and Stéphane Derenoncourt from Bordeaux. As a result, the HDV Hyde de Villaine vineyard boasts a unique French-California style of vinification and aging process that no other winery can match!
History of This Wine
HDV Hyde de Villaine Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay from Carneros is a collaboration between the Hyde family and Aubert de Villaine, co-owner of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. The first vintage was released in 2004 and since then, HDV has become one of the most sought-after Chardonnays in California.
The vineyard is located on the western edge of Carneros, where cool winds from San Pablo Bay create an ideal climate for growing Chardonnay grapes. The soil is composed of clay and loam, which helps to retain moisture during the hot summer months.
The winemaking process for HDV is meticulous and involves hand harvesting, whole cluster pressing, native yeast fermentation, and aging in French oak barrels for 12 months. This combination of terroir and winemaking techniques results in a complex yet balanced wine with aromas of citrus, stone fruit, and white flowers.
Notable vintages include 2006 (which earned 95 points from Robert Parker), 2008 (96 points), 2011 (95 points), 2013 (94 points), 2014 (93 points), 2015 (94 points) and 2016 (95 points).
What To Serve With This Wine?
This Chardonnay pairs well with a variety of light, flavorful dishes. Try it with seared scallops, grilled shrimp, roasted chicken, creamy pasta dishes, and fresh salads. It also goes well with light cheeses such as brie or goat cheese. For dessert, try it with fruit-based desserts such as apple crisp or poached pears.