2018 Amici Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay


Wine Advocate

“packs an intense punch”

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 2018 is lively and driven by vibrant acidity, featuring lemon cream, vanilla bean and juicy ripe apple notes on the nose. The palate combines brightness with richness with a roasted grain and hazelnut entry followed by hints of orange zest, nutmeg and cinnamon surrounding a core of silky stone fruit that carries through the long finish.

Hyde Vineyard
100% Chardonnay
Fermentation & Aging
100% Barrel fermentation; Full malolactic; Aged 11 months in 50% new French oak

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Jeb Dunnuck

“…the 2018 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is a winner, offering a big, rich, powerful style that carries loads of pineapple, lemon, and flower oil notes to go with medium to full-bodied richness and depth on the palate. It’s a layered, textured 2018 that shows the purity and balance of the vintage. This cuvée comes from a site in Carneros, which is in the cooler, southern part of Napa Valley, and was fermented and aged 11 months in 50% new French oak.”


Wine Advocate

“The 2018 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard comes from more than 30-year-old vines planted to Hyde and Old Wente clone. It was 100% barrel fermented and saw full malolactic, with 11 months aging in 50% new Francois Freres barrels. It sashays out of the glass with beautiful lemon curd, apple pie, key lime pie and orange blossoms scents with hints of shaved almonds and fresh ginger. Medium-bodied, the elegantly weighted palate packs an intense punch of apple and citrus layers, framed by racy acidity and finishing long and savory. Yum!”


James Suckling

“A very typical Carneros chardonnay with cooked apples, creme brulee, praline and light yogurt. It’s full-bodied, layered and rich. Creamy texture. Drink now.”


Vinous Media

“The 2018 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is delicate, perfumed and very pretty. Lemon confit, almond, white flowers, mint and light tropical overtones all run through this decidedly understated, laid-back Hyde Chardonnay.”



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