2014 Hyde Vineyards Pinot Noir (1 X 750 ML)

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The Davies family of Schramsberg Vineyards and J. Davies Estate in the Napa Valley is pleased to release the 2014 vintage of Hyde Vineyards Pinot Noir. The family’s experience with Pinot Noir dates back to 1967, when Jack and Jamie Davies first used this elegant red varietal to make their inaugural vintage of Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs sparkling wine. Over the 49 years following that first use, Schramsberg’s winemakers have built long-lasting relationships with some of the best Pinot Noir growers in the North Coast. Developing upon this passion, history, and experience, second-generation Vintner Hugh Davies and Senior Winemaker Sean Thompson are proud to present their second Pinot Noir vineyard-designate release fromthis storied Napa Valley Carneros property.

The Vineyard
The Hyde family’s Pinot Noir vineyards are planted just north of highway 12 at the base of the Mayacamas foothills in the Napa Carneros AVA. 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 superb control over the nutrients and water supply for the vines. The Davies have enjoyed working with the Hydes since the 1995, with their sparkling wines program, and is excited to be expanding this relationship with Pinot Noir still wine.

Tasting notes

The 2014 Hyde Pinot Noir emits beautiful aromas of Santa Rosa plum and ripe strawberry, combined with a touch of dark chocolate. The palate is rich with flavors of black raspberry and earthy florest floor. Hints of espresso is tasted throughout the long sustained finish.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies


92 Points
This is the second vintage from this producer to showcase this site, one of the marquee vineyards in the appellation. With a slightly bitter tinge of black tea, it shows orange, clove and strawberry around a lovely, earthy underbelly. Medium bodied and bold, the acidity is integrated and supportive, providing a fresh antidote to the strength of the tannin.- Wine Enthusiast (February 1, 2017)