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1999

Pinot Noir

Cuvée Agustina
Hyde Vineyard
Carneros, Napa Valley

Cuvee Agustina Pinot Noir is a selection of the best barrels of our Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir. The wine has a beautiful deep red/black color. The aroma is laced with blueberry and cherry notes. On the palate the flavors of ripe plum mingle with accents of black tea, smoke, and exotic spices. The wine is supple but chewy, velvety and structured. It is the richest Pinot Noir I've ever made. Alcohol 14.7%

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94 points Wine Advocate

“A powerful, intense effort, it will require 2-3 years to display its varietal character. An opaque ruby/purple color is followed by a sweet nose of blackberries, cherry liqueur, smoke, forest floor, and toast scents. Terrific on the palate, with multiple layers, great purity, and a prodigious finish, this is a Pinot Noir for the gluttons. Drink it over the next decade.”
Robert Parker Jr.

92 points Wine Spectator

“Gorgeous flavors, and extraordinary (not to mention expensive) effort, almost syrupy in its concentration. Dark, rich, and potent, with layers of complex black cherry, raspberry and stewed plumb. Deep, with pretty floral, fruity and mint aromatics. Lingering aftertaste. Drink now through 2008”
James Laube

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Harvest Date September 27

Growing Season The cool summer weather in the Carneros promoted excellent flavor development in our Pinot Noir. Very warm weather in September pushed the flavors to intense perfection just prior to picking.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel fermentors
• Fermentation with indigenous yeasts, 10 days to completion
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 18 months in 100% new French oak barrels from • Remond, Francois Freres, and Seguin Moreau
• Unblended, unfined, unfiltered; bottled April 2001

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