2011 de la Guerra Chardonnay
Region: Napa Valley
Appellation: Los Carneros
Vineyard: Hyde Vineyard
Age of vines: 16 to 19 years
Geography: Eastern edge of the Carneros District
Exposure: South by southeast
Soil: Shallow loam over clay hardpan
Subterranean: Ancient terraces and alluvial fans
Acreage: 1.1 acres
Production: 202 cases
Harvest dates: September 21st & 23rd
Bottling date: July 27th, 2012
Hyde Vineyard experienced a long, cold season that began with wet weather well into mid June. Ultimately, the rainy weather delayed flowering and set. What followed was a cool summer providing slow and steady Chardonnay maturation. A late September harvest capped off the ideal vintage providing balance and heightened minerality.
The nose is spicy and mineral with hints of apple and apricot. A racy yet generous palate that provides the ideal Chardonnay components: freshness, tension, balance and persistence. The 2011 de la Guerra Chardonnay is the epitome of our quest at HdV in providing a wine that highlights the site, vintage and varietal attributes.
- Stéphane Vivier, Winemaker