Napa Valley ‘Names’ Compete in the Challenge

labels_sidenav210x231HdV Wines have entered their highly sought-after Chardonnay into the Six Nations Wine Challenge and Dan Berger is becoming more and more hopeful of taking trophies home to the USA.

“The secrets to the wines of HdV are found woven into the detritus of attributes that blend together in nature’s chaotic order.” — R. Hyde Director and Financial Officer.

Winemaker Stéphane Vivier (image) describes his Chardonnay: The nose expresses pear, spice and orange peel undertones. On the palate the ubiquitous HdV minerality lingers in harmony with stone fruit and apricot characteristics. The multilayered palate is carried through by a steadying, persistent acidity for a long finish. A wine that displays the power of California fruit in part to the warmer weather yet is tempered by the restrained qualities that are Hyde Vineyard’s trademark minerality and freshness.

Joining HdV in 2002, Stéphane brings with him skills in vineyard management and winemaking from around the world. Born and raised in France, Stéphane’s skills were cultivated in the vineyards and cellars of Pommard, Meursault and Chassagne-Montrachet and then expanded through his work in Switzerland, New Zealand and finally in the Sonoma Coast Appellation.

With a strong background in biochemistry and advanced degrees in enology and viticulture, Stéphane turns his focus toward the vineyards and the soils to develop his wines. Stéphane works closely with both Aubert and Larry to adapt and implement only the strictest viticultural and vinification techniques of France to the fruit of Hyde Vineyards.