2017 Amici Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay


James Suckling

“full-bodied, flavorful and delicious”

Vineyard Notes

The 200-acre Hyde Vineyard, considered one of California’s Grand Cru vineyards, includes one of the oldest blocks of Chardonnay grapes. Carneros has always been considered prime land for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The shallower soil and cooler climates of Carneros result in smaller vines and grapes that turn into bright, ethereal wines.

Winemaking Notes

Located on the Napa side of the Carneros AVA, Hyde Vineyard is truly one of California’s grand cru Chardonnay vineyards and a site that parallels the quality and prestige of our single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon portfolio. The 2017 Hyde Chardonnay is gracefully balanced with discreet scents of lemon, clove and minerals. This wine is rich and full, but with a refreshing, vibrant acidity that lightens the creamy, yogurt, tropical fruit, and sweet spice aromas.

Hyde Vineyard
100% Chardonnay
Fermentation & Aging
100% Barrel fermentation; Full malolactic; Aged 13 months in 40% new French oak



James Suckling

“Fresh and vivid acidity contrasts the exotic and beautiful fruit character, such as honeycomb and cooked apples. Lemon rind, too. Full-bodied, flavorful and delicious. Drink now.”


Wine Advocate

“The 2017 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard (already bottled) comes from Hyde and Old Wente clones more than 30 years old, 100% barrel fermented and aged in 40% new French oak for 13 months. It gives up fragrant peach blossoms and honeysuckle scents with grapefruit, melon and pineapple at the core and a waft of chalk dust. The palate is medium to full-bodied, rich, satiny and seductive with a toasty undercurrent and long, chalky finish.”


Jeb Dunnuck

“Coming from a great site in Carneros, the 2017 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard has more richness and depth, with killer notes of lemon curd, flower oil, pineapple, and white peach. It’s a fruit-driven, textured, yet still lively, fresh, and beautifully balanced Chardonnay that does everything right. It should keep for at least 4-5 years.”