Devoted Grapegrowers

On a typical Carneros morning, the fog lingers in Hyde Vineyards, one of the most hallowed sites for grape-growing in all of California. But what truly stands out when we walk the Hyde property is the airy sea breezes off San Pablo Bay where you smell the mix of sea salt and garrique. It’s a very special feeling that we consistently and clearly express in the salinity characteristics of our Hyde Chardonnay.

Hyde Vineyards is a majestic and impressive 200-acre vineyard situated in Napa County, first cultivated in 1979. Managed by Larry Hyde and his son Chris, who is about to take over the business. Chris, who could carry a large Napa ego, is the farthest thing from it. Hyde’s are very serious about paying attention to the details and striving for excellence: tiny berries, tiny clusters, great acidity. But every time they replant a section, they adapt to the site better by replacing blocks northeast by southwest in the same direction of the prevailing winds.

Chardonnay from Hyde Vineyard is highly sought-after have won multiple accolades and a highly collectible vineyard to follow. Noteworthy labels include Aubert, HDV, Kistler, Ramey, Mira, Patz & Hall, Ram’s Gate, Saxon Brown, Bouchaine, Massican, and, of course, Auteur.

We encourage you to enjoy comparing a few special selections of Hyde Vineyard Chardonnays.


Hyde Vineyards
County: Napa
Appellations: Carneros; Napa Valley
Year first planted: 1979
Total acres planted: 200
Chardonnay acres: 113
Primary Chardonnay clones: Hyde Wente; Hyde San Benito; Musque
Soil types: Haire; clay loam
Sustainable and organic practices

Wine Spectator’s California’s Best Chardonnay Vineyards Article Link

New Reviews by Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Manchester Ridge Scores big with Perrotti-Brown.

2021 Auteur Chardonnay Manchester Ridge 97 Points

Drinking: 2023-2030

The 2021 Chardonnay Manchester Ridge sings of lemon curd, fresh peaches, and apple pie, leading to wafts of fresh ginger and marzipan. The medium-bodied palate is elegantly crafted with wonderfully bright, intense citrus and stone fruit layers, finishing long and savory. This is impressive!


2021 Auteur Pinot Noir Wendling Vineyard 95+ Points

Drinking: 2024-2032

The 2021 Pinot Noir Wendling Vineyard is pale to medium ruby-purple in color. It races out of the glass with floral notes of violets, Ceylon tea, and sassafras, leading to a core of cherry cordial, pomegranate, and a waft of rhubarb. The medium to full-bodied palate is bursting with savory-laced black berry layers, supported by firm, grainy tannins and finishing long and fragrant.


2021 Auteur Pinot Noir Savoy Vineyard 95 Points

Drinking 2024-2030

Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2021 Pinot Noir Savoy Vineyard comes tumbling out with ready-to-go notes of black and red cherries, pomegranate, and spice cake, plus wafts of violets and dark chocolate. The medium to full-bodied palate is bright and energetic, with a lively line and grainy tannins, finishing with a real skip in its step.


2021 Auteur Pinot Noir Gap’s Crown Vineyard Bolt Block 94 Points

Drinking: 2024-2030

The 2021 Pinot Noir Gap’s Crown Vineyard Bolt Block is pale to medium ruby-purple in color. It sails out with suggestions of dusty soil, underbrush, and mossy tree bark over a core of redcurrant jelly and black cherry compote. The medium-bodied palate has a fine-grained texture and bold freshness supporting the tight-knit fruit, finishing on a lingering mineral note.


2021 Auteur Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 93 Points

Drinking: 2023-2028

Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2021 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast leaps with fragrant scents of rose oil, cinnamon toast, and fallen leaves, giving way to a core of cranberry sauce, pomegranate, and kirsch. The medium to full-bodied palate is juicy and plush, with a lively line lifting the red berry flavors to a long finish accented with baking spices.

2021 Auteur Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 92 Points

Drinking: 2023-2027

The 2021 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast flies out with bold notions of fresh pineapple, honeydew melon, and juicy pears with wafts of lemongrass and honeysuckle. The medium-bodied palate delivers intense tropical fruit and mineral layers with a crisp line of freshness and a long, zesty finish. 205 cases were made.


Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW – FOUNDER

Born and raised in rural Maine, Lisa has spent over 25-years working in the wine industry, living in London, Tokyo, Singapore, and now Napa, California. In 2008, she became a Master of Wine and began working for Robert M. Parker, Jr. at The Wine Advocate. In 2013, she became Editor in Chief for Robert Parker Wine Advocate the publication’s critic for the wines of Bordeaux, Napa Valley, and Sonoma County.  In 2021, Lisa left Robert Parker Wine Advocate to become co-founder of The Wine Independent.

Link here for full article, The Wine Independent


Winemaker’s Locals List of Sonoma

As we live and work in the heart of downtown Sonoma, we wanted to share some of our personal favorite Sonoma local hometown picks. All these spots are within easy walking distance from Auteur.

We are located on the Northwest corner of the historic Sonoma Plaza. Across the way, our lawns of Sonoma Square are adorned with picnic tables allowing for lazy lunch in the sunshine. Stop by for a tasting and enjoy a bottle of cold Auteur chardonnay for a picnic lunch. Or, only steps away from us is El Dorado and Girl and the Fig.  Tuesday night is the Sonoma Plaza’s Farmer’s Market, and the plaza is packed full of local purveyors and live music in Spring through late Fall.

With two world-class resorts, MacArthur Place and The Lodge, you are just minutes from some of the best restaurants in Sonoma. Enjoy wandering our neighborhood and sauntering down Sonoma’s cobbled streets and cafe-lined plaza.

Serving California home cooking, driven by seasonal produce with a focus on organic, biodynamic, regenerative & traditional agricultural practices. Come taste wines with us after your Valley brunch. Valley is our new neighborhood restaurant, wine bar, and bottle shop, just one block south of us in Sonoma, CA.

Cafe La Haye is diagnolly across the Sonoma Plaza from Auteur and is an iconic gem with romantic white table cloth settings serving sophisticated and classic California cuisine with a locally curated wine list by owner Saul himself. We love the fresh local cuisine and Saul’s attentive service.

Two doors down, enjoy roasted Maitake mushrooms with chimichurri sauce at El Dorado Kitchen. A hands-down favorite, mainly because of its fantastic outdoor patio, bustling vibe, and unique twist of favorite dishes with exotic finishing touches. The truffle fries are fantastic if you need little comfort food. And, it’s pretty easy to get there!

Ask for Sommelier Becky to help select a perfect wine. Wit & Wisdom is Michelin-rated Michael Mina’s only Sonoma wine country restaurant with a 5-star wine list, mixed with local producers as well as impressive international selections. As expected with a Mina restaurant, service is impeccable. Located at The Lodge resort off Broadway. Pizza’s are excellent.

Our backyard backs up to Girl & the Fig and is almost a right of passage when visiting Sonoma. The focus is on a great European-styled menu as their focus is on Rhone wine varietals. We love snuggling up at the awesome cozy bar for the fig and argula salad and duck confit with great bar tending service to spill the beans on where you should go next.

If your palate needs a refresh and wants a great cocktail, stop in at the Swiss Hotel for people-watching and a fire tossed pizza. MacArthur Place has the most groovy bar in town and stunning grounds. The Beacon feels nothing like Sonoma and more like a speakeasy crafting great cocktails.  Starling is a mile west of town and has dive-bar energy, killer cocktails, often music, and sometimes comedy.

The grand finale after all the wine country cuisine or rehab after a great Sonoma wedding, try Lou’s Luncheonette for home cooked breakfast biscuits or the epic Two Burn Chicken Sando with a draft beer and cue up a afternoon nap. Only place on the outskirts of town, buy a fantastic bike ride to burn up some calories.

Have fun meandering through our hometown of Sonoma.  Heck, look around you might see us, we live a few blocks away.

Come see us!

xx, l&k


Our Local Winemaker’s Best of Sonoma List ~

MacArthur Place


The Lodge

Cafe La Haye

El Dorado Kitchen

Wit & Wisdom

Girl & the Fig

Swiss Hotel

The Beacon


Lou’s Luncheonette


Top-Rated Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley’s Savoy Vineyard

Auteur’s expression of this Savoy tackles robust foraged fruit notes with spice and earthen tannins. There is a pioneering spirit and something rogue about Anderson Valley Pinot Noirs that Savoy captures like a Robert Redford movie.

One of the Five California Vineyards You Need to Know” as quoted by Lettie
Teague of the Wall Street Journal, alongside benchmark California Vineyards
Beckstoffer To Kalon, Hirsch, Hyde and Bien Nacido.

Savoy Vineyard is arranged in 32 sub-blocks— dedicated to sustainably farmed Pinot Noir in the heart of the Anderson Valley. It was originally planted by Richard Savoy in 1991 who was deeply passionate about Burgundy and continues to be managed with “row by row farming” that is unique to each winemaker.

Our 2021 Auteur Savoy Vineyard Pinot Noir is available to members or at our boutique tasting room off the Sonoma Plaza. For more information on our Anderson Valley wines, please feel free to reach out to us!

JUNE 2023 UPDATE: We are pleased to announce, Savoy has been purchased from Napa Winery, Clif Lede to our friends at Donum Estate where Kenneth started his journey in Pinot Noir in coastal Northern California 20 years ago. They plan to maintain their contracts with independent growers and focus on regenerative and sustainable, no-till farming practices. It’s a cornerstone of our portfolio.


Bacigalupi Family Partnership

With twenty years under our belts, you know a spark when you find an authentic, genuine partnership. The spark came instantly upon connecting with the Bacigalupi team and family. To garner a vineyard designate name from Bacigalupi, you need approval from the revered wine team.

We are pleased to say we triumphed nd we wanted to share their well-spoken notes.

Auteur 2021 Chardonnay – Reviewed by The Bacigalupi Winemaking Team

Nose: Led by alluring aromas of crisp apple, ripe melon, tangy grapefruit, lemon chiffon, vanilla bean, fresh ginger and roasted almonds, this wine is immediately appealing to the senses.

Palate: On the first few sips, the wine is shy. But once it opens, it fills the palate with a balanced attack of naturally sweet, tart and tangy fruit notes of crisp apple, poached pear, pomelo, ripe mango and fresh picked plantains, which harmonize with hints of chanterelle mushroom, white chocolate bark, creamy nougat, nutmeg and other savory spices that heighten the level of class on the lengthy finish.

Body/Texture: Unlike the cookie-cutter, ready-to-drink white wines made for the masses, this is a sophisticated artisanal style of Chardonnay that slowly reveals its strengths instead of flexing muscles in the beginning. On Day one, the pure fruit flavors and the invigorating qualities of the wine are guided by a burst of bright natural acid that preserves the fresh, youthful, and refreshing elements in each sip. And as the flavors become more complex, the smooth, suede-like texture plays a critical role in highlighting the wine’s more elegant, refined, and powerful traits, as well as its ability to age.

Overview: This sample is a fantastic example of this winemakers style, which highlights the unique flavors of grapes grown at Bacigalupi Vineyards and creates a well-balanced, world-class wine designed to be rich, elegant, complex, and not overbearing. As a testament to its age-ability, it was even more ethereal after five days.

Recommendation: YES

Our Bacigalupi Chardonnay will please even the pickiest of guests at your Thanksgiving dinner.

Currently available to only to members only due to the small yields of this site.

It’s Raining Pinot Noir, 2022 Harvest Review

Harvest is in full swing in Sonoma. As of today, all of our Sonoma Chardonnay and Pinot Noir have started their fermentations at the winery. Our more extreme coastal sites, and still enjoying their last few days of summer ripening. Overall the growing season gave us naturally low yields, which is always our preference. It made for fewer passes in the vineyards, and the fruit got a nice warm bump over the Labor Day weekend, averaging around 23-23 Brix upon early morning arrivals at the winery. We have some exciting experiments in the winery and a few new vineyards in the coveted Sebastopol Hills with the Russian River appellation. As always, we are grateful and look forward to seeing what the fruit teaches us this vintage.

We look forward to sharing more on the 2022 vintage as the wines progress in the cellar. In the meantime come visit us at our Sonoma Bungalow in the heart of wine country.

Fall Member Harvest Party

Please join us for our Fall Harvest Member Party. The event will be held at The Attune Estate, located just a few miles outside the town of Sonoma. We look forward to raising our glasses with you!


Auteur Member Harvest Party

Saturday, October 15

Noon – 3p

21060 8th Street East

Sonoma, CA



Crushing It 2021

Wrapping up the Fall 2021 Harvest. We have so much wine, which is fantastic. After the major loss of fruit to the 2020 wildfires, we have filled up with cellar with a bounty of fresh juice. We continue to source from Point Conception north to Mendocino zig-zagging throughout Northern California to bring you the best with lots of variety and spice. We are finishing up on cold soak fermentations on the Pinots and starting to press these beautifully farmed lots.

Come visit us and enjoy our boutique wines sourced locally from small organic farms to iconic vineyards in our backyard of Sonoma.

Spring in Sonoma is the Best Time to Visit, Local’s Secret

Every February and March, Sonoma turns fifty shades of green mimicking the fabled isles of Ireland – without the transatlantic flight. After the hustle of harvest, holidays, and New year, it’s the local’s secret time of repris. The crowds have left, hotels are welcoming with special rates and restaurants are usually open to walk-ins without reservations allowing for an impromptu last-minute trip.

As for the vineyards, they are just starting to wake up. Approaching Sebastopol in West Sonoma County, you can feel the change in climate and landscape. The pace slows, the roads wander, the roosters crow, and the tension leaves. The smells of coastal evergreens, apple orchards, poppies, and wild fennel combine with cooling air from the ocean. Our cool wine varietals are loving the cool foggy mornings and early evening fog. Bloom arrived in Sonoma on May 10th with a beautiful display of stamen and pistils.

Laura & Kenneth, hope to see you in Spring