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1998

Pinot Noir

Cuvée Agustina
Hyde Vineyard
Carneros, Napa Valley

Inspired by the birth of my daughter, Agustina, I decided to create a label dedicated to the highest expression of the winemaker’s art. The wine is a selection of the best barrels of our Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir. Inviting aromas of black cherry, plum, and anise lead to pure, ripe flavors that continue to evolve in the glass. The silky midpalate shows excellent balance among the tannins, acidity, and fruit. First Release. Alcohol 14.3%

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92 points Wine Spectator

“Delicious complex, with ripe, supple and polished black cherry and wild berry and spicy, cedary notes. Finished with a sense of elegance and finesse and pretty, toasty oak nuances. Drink now through 2005”
James Laube

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Harvest Date September 30 - October 2

Growing Season The El Niño influenced spring delayed the start of the growing season and contributed to a small crop yield. An extended Indian Summer allowed the fruit to reach maturity with rich, complex flavors.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel fermentors.
• Fermentation with indigenous yeast, 18 to 27 days to
completion
• Malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Barrel aged 14 months, 75% new Francois Freres oak barrels
• Unblended, unfined, unfiltered; bottled December 1999

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