Larry Hyde and Family
Hailed as "The Wise Man of Carneros" by Wine Spectator, Larry Hyde is one of California's legendary winegrowers and viticulturists. Prior to founding his own family vineyard in 1979, Larry worked for several highly regarded wineries including Ridge Vineyards, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars and Joseph Phelps. An industry visionary, with a passionate connection to his Carneros vineyard, Larry has helped to develop two of the most important grape selections in California: Hyde-Wente Chardonnay and Hyde-Calera Pinot Noir. Both selections are noted for their extremely low yields, primarily due to the very small berry size within each cluster. In addition to his work guiding the cultivation of Hyde Vineyard, Larry has also developed his own world-class wine label, HdV, in partnership with Aubert de Villaine, a relative by marriage and one of the owners of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.
Hyde Vineyard, Carneros, Napa Valley, California
Hyde Vineyard is justifiably considered one of the superstar vineyards in Carneros. Purchased in 1979, and planted two years later, this 179-acre property is cultivated as 44 distinct blocks. Adding to the depth and character of this iconic site, Hyde Vineyard is planted to 10 types of Pinot Noir and six varieties of Chardonnay. Of these, the Hyde-Wente Chardonnay and Hyde-Calera Pinot Noir were isolated by Larry, and are widely considered two of the finest selections in California viticulture. Representing one of the defining vineyards in our portfolio, we have been fortunate to work with fruit from Hyde since 1990, and have crafted single vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay bottlings since 1996. Reflecting our long relationship with Larry, several sections of this world-class vineyard have been planted exclusively for Patz & Hall.