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2013 Hyde Vineyards Pinot Noir (1 X 750 ML)
Larry Hyde’s Pinot Noir vineyards are planted in the foothills just north of the Carneros Bayview District. Located at the southernmost end of the Napa Valley, the grapes are favorably influenced by the nightly cooling effect from the closely located San Pablo Bay. The vines on the property thrive on three feet of loamy topsoil above an impenetrable clay subsoil. This soil combination provides Larry Hyde with superb control over the nutrients and water supply for the vines. Schramsberg has enjoyed working with the Hyde family since the mid-1990’s, for the sparkling wine program. Today that partnership expands to our Davies Vineyards wine program, and we couldn’t be happier.
This Hyde Pinot Noir emits aromas of cherry and raspberry combined with vanilla, and licorice. The palate is plush and dense with flavors of mixed berry pie and chocolate covered strawberries. Hints of créme anglaise and cinnamon follow throughout the long sustained finish.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies
Hyde has figured into the producer’s sparkling wine production for years, but this marks Davies’ first release of still Pinot Noir from the stellar site. It opens with tangy acidity and a bite of tropical citrus along with black tea before unveiling substantial underlying tannins and plenty of contained power. A ripe trace of cherry and raspberry lurks along the background, peaking on the finish.- Wine Enthusiast (December 2015)
Sporting ripe cherry aromas with a touch of raspberry for added interest, the wine comes with a bit of the spice noted in its mate above and also sports a whiff of dried herbs and brush. It is the fullest of the Davies Pinots in palate weight but, like its siblings, stays well on the balanced side of the ledger. Its invitingly open stance makes it attractive today, and if it will certainly hold for a while, it demands little patience.- Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines (October 2015)