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Date Printed: 11/22/2014
Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2006
Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2006
(search item no. 100426)
boutique wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 11/22/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 92 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points

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.

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About Patz & Hall:

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, Mendocino and Monterey counties. The Patz and Hall method is to work closely with each of their growers to achieve a unique expression of the vineyard site and deliver wines that reflect both the site and their vision for great wine.