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2014 Hyde Vineyards Pinot Noir (1 X 750 ML)
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.
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
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)