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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 deep red/blue color. Flavors of raspberry, black cherry, ripe plum are enhanced by floral and spice aromatics. The wine is rich and flavorful, supple and balanced with a lingering aftertaste of fresh black cherries. Alcohol 14.9%

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93 points Wine Spectator

“A big, rich expensive, decidedly oaky style, but beautifully executed. Smoky, exotic, toasty wrapped around the core of a ripe spicy cherry, raspberry and blackberry scented. Drink through 2009”
James Laube

91+ points Wine Advocate

“Oozing with black cherry fruit combined with smoke, dried herbs, and toast, this medium to full-bodied, deep, ripe, concentrated Pinot will hit its prime in 2-3 years, and last for a decade.”
Robert Parker

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Harvest Date September 13

Growing Season Diligent work in the vineyard to limit a large crop set helped optimize flavor intensity and richness in the grapes. Moderate summer weather in the Carneros promoted excellent depth and flavor development in our Pinot Noir.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel fermentors
• Fermentation with indigenous yeasts
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels, 10 months to completion
• Aged 16 months in 90% new French oak barrels from Remond, Francois Freres, and Cadus
• Unblended, unfined, unfiltered; bottled January 2002

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