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2001

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 is a deep purple color with a red/blue hue. Aromatics of black raspberry, cherry and plum with a hint of cinnamon spice. Succulent flavors of lush forward, black raspberry fruit is supported by good structure and a beautiful long finish. Alcohol 14.7%

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94 points Wine Advocate

“The 2001 Pinot Noir Cuvee Agustina (a selection from the Hyde Vineyard planted with the Calera clone of Pinot Noir) is a limited production item (240 cases). Vibrant, dense, unctuously-textured, and full-bodied, it is one of this varietals most concentrated efforts. Readers unfamiliar with deep Pinots may think it tastes like Syrah, which is nonsense. White flowers intermixed with the essence of black cherry and blackberry jam jump from the glass of this inky ruby/purple-colored Pinot. An amazing example of Pinot Noir, it should age for 10-15 years.”
Robert Parker

93 points Wine Spectator

“Pushing ripeness to the max without overdoing it, this is a ripe, plush, effusively fruity style, with a zesty black cherry and blackberry fruit, lots of exotic spicy aromatics and gentle oak tones, and some heat on the finish. Drink now through 2008”
James Laube

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Harvest Date September 17

Growing Season A cold spring and evenly cool summer resulted in fruit with excellent depth and flavor. Additionally, much work in the vineyard to limit a large crop set helped to further optimize flavor intensity and richness in the grapes.

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 80% new French oak barrels from Remond, Francois Freres, and Cadus
• Unblended, unfined, unfiltered; bottled January 2003

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