Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2011
Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.2%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Much like the 2010 vintage, this is a classic expression of Hyde, delivering all of the vineyard character that makes this site legendary. The aromas burst with high-frequency aromas of orange, white flowers and jasmine, as well as more subtle layers of chalk, spice and shortbread. The palate, which is focused and energetic, has pronounced minerality and crisp acidity. At the same time, there's a lovely texture and weight that belies the acidity, and a lingering, almost sappy quality to the mid-palate. French oak adds seamlessly integrated notes of clove, warm spice and gingerbread that linger on the long finish.
"Pale, bright straw-yellow. Subtle aromas of peach syrup, apple and spices, lifted by high notes of orange oil and flowers. Densely packed and tightly coiled, with enticing sweetness leavened by penetrating minerally acidity. For a fairly glyceral wine, this chardonnay finishes stony, brisk and strong.
International Wine Cellar
"Another stuffing wine from one of America's greatest vineyards; smooth and ripe with tangy, vibrant acidity and lovely texture; crisp and lively with elegance and great style. "
"Another exotic wine is the 2011 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard, which seems slightly more reserved than the Dutton but builds incrementally in the mouth to a medium to full-bodied, beautiful Chardonnay with notes of poached pear, white peach, honeysuckle and mango. It is medium-bodied and very classy. "
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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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Technically a part of Napa Valley, the Carneros region straddles both Sonoma & Napa counties. It's the Napa region closest to the San Francisco peninsula and the San Pablo Bay, which is instrumental in controlling the climate of the area. The winds from the San Pablo bay create a cool weather pattern ideal for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
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White Wine's Queen Bee
Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different
soils and different climates. While frequently paired with
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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