Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2006

Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California

Price: $55.00 $43.99
Save $11.01 (20%)
Item No. 100426
  • ST94
  • WN94
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Winemaker's Notes

Profoundly consistent from vintage to vintage, the 2006 bottling of our Hyde Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay offers all the lemon cream, orange blossom and crème brulée flavors that have come to define this wine, but with even more rich density and minerality than the previous vintage. With restrained oak, refreshing acidity and an appealing roasted hazelnut quality, the 2006 Hyde Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay continues the tradition of great wines from this world-class vineyard.

Hyde Vineyard has justifiably become one of the superstar vineyards in Carneros. Through many years of dedicated research, planting and winemaking, Larry Hyde has developed two of the most important grape selections in California: Hyde-Wente Chardonnay and Hyde- Calera Pinot Noir. Both are noted for extremely low yields, primarily due to the very small berry size within each cluster. The Chardonnay from Hyde is perhaps the most sought-after fruit in the pantheon of great California vineyards. The Hyde-Wente selection used for our wine is planted on the best soils at Hyde: sandy, clay loam, very low vigor and extremely well drained, lowering the yields even further than typical for this small-berried clone.

Critical Acclaim

"Bright yellow. Very pure, Burgundian perfume of pineapple, lemon, peach skin, minerals and mint. A distinct step up from the foregoing wines in intensity and concentration. This offers terrific cut and perfume without any impression of weight. The pineapple and stone flavors lead to a very long, brisk, mouth-cleansing finish. Superb."
94 Points

"Bright gold hue. A mixed nose of apple, sweet oak, clove and banana peel. Soft, juicy mouth-feel with layers of caramel, peach and apple butter flavors. An opulent, fruit-driven finish with well-integrated toasted oak."
94 Points

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Patz and Hall Wine Company was founded in 1988 by Donald Patz, James Hall, Anne Moses and Heather Patz, and is dedicated to the production of hand-crafted wines. The four are long-time Napa Valley residents and wine industry professionals, with a wide variety of experiences. Patz and Hall produces Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines from selected vineyard sources in Napa, Sonoma,...

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Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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