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  • 2016 Hyde De Villaine Chardonnay – USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros (9/8/2019)
    WIML93

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Followed over about three hours.

    Light yellow color in the glass, just a little cloudy looking. Nose of hazelnut, creme, vanilla and yellow apple. Flavors of yellow apple, lemon zest and a bit of peach pit on the finish. Medium acidity, full bodied. Drink or hold. (93 points)

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  • 2014 Hyde De Villaine Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard – USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros (11/22/2018)
    WIML94

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Followed over 3 plus hours.

    Light yellow to yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of hazelnut, yellow pear and yellow apple. Flavors of lemon, creme and stony minerals of a grand cru Chablis. Medium acidity, full bodied. Drink or hold. (94 points)

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  • 2011 Hyde De Villaine Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard – USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros (5/29/2015)
    WIML92

    Tasted non blind.

    Light yellow to yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of paraffin, brandy soaked pears and lemon zest. Flavors of lemon, yellow pears, vanilla and creme. Medium acidity, full bodied. Drink or hold. (92 points)

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HdV tasting photo courtesy of HdV

HdV tasting photo courtesy of HdV

March 13, 2011

HYDE DE VILLAINE WINERY TASTING – Hyde De Villaine Winery, Napa, CA (3/13/2011)

Our final stop of the day on a rainy day in Napa was at Hyde De Villaine winery in Napa. Be forewarned that the winery is not that well marked. There are a few directional signs in the immediate area but once you exit Trancas Street there are two buildings: a private home up front near the street and a metal building behind it. The unmarked metal building with no sign over the tasting room door on the side of the building is the winery. The home in front is a private residence unrelated to the winery.

Tastings are by appointment only. The tasting fee is $20.00 per person to taste 4 wines. Each tasting fee is refunded with the purchase of 3 bottles. During our visit we were poured a 5th bonus wine. The tasting is a private, sit down tasting with a pre-printed tasting sheet per person with the name of your party across the top; a nice personalized touch.

Here are the results:

  • 2009 Hyde De Villaine Chardonnay de la Guerra – USA, California, Napa Valley, Carneros
    WIML89-90+/-?

    Tasted non blind at the winery.

    Light yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of pineapple, lychee, yellow pears, a dash of apricot and some soft brown spices. Flavors of pineapple, lemon, a bit of yellow pears and a little creme. Medium to bright acidity, medium body. Drink over the next 2+/- years. (89 pts.)

  • 2008 Hyde De Villaine Chardonnay – USA, California, Napa Valley, Carneros
    WIML92+

    Tasted non blind at the winery.

    Light yellow color in the glass. clear looking throughout. Nose of wet stones, yellow pears, lychee and lemon oil. Flavors of lemon, yellow pears, lychee and minerals. Medium to bright acidity, medium body. Drink now through let us say about 5 years. (92 pts.)

  • 2007 Hyde De Villaine Chardonnay – USA, California, Napa Valley, Carneros
    WIML93+

    Tasted non blind at the winery.

    Light yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of Windex, brown spices, lychee, yellow pears and a hint of creme. Flavors of yellow pears, yellow apples, lychee and lemon zest. Medium to bright acidity, medium body. Drink now through about 5+/- years from now. (93 pts.)

  • 2008 Hyde De Villaine Syrah – USA, California, Napa Valley, Carneros
    WIML92+/-

    Tasted non blind at the winery.

    Garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of blueberries, currants, pepper, black berries and a hint of Briar patch. Flavors of currants, black raspberries, black cherries, black berries and pepper. Medium to bright acidity, firm tannins, full bodied. Drink now with some air or somewhere in the 2-5+/- year range. (92 pts.)

  • 2006 Hyde De Villaine Belle Cousine – USA, California, Napa Valley, Carneros
    WIML91+/-

    Tasted non blind at the winery.

    Garnet to perhaps dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of thistle, hint of chocolate, black berries, a touch of wet stones with some nice underlying florals. Flavors of black berries, black cherries and a bit of plum. Medium acidity, medium to firm tannins, medium to full bodied. Drink now with some air or in the 2-7+/- year time frame. (91 pts.)

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