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2002

Pinot Noir

Cuvée Agustina
Hyde Vineyard
Carneros, Napa Valley

Cuvee Agustina Pinot Noir, named for Paul’s daughter, 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 cherry, plum, black raspberry and rose lead to succulent flavors of lush, forward, black cherry fruit supported by good structure and a beautiful, long, silky finish. Alcohol 14.7%

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93 points Wine Spectator

“Dark-hued, with intense, rich aromas of ripe plum, blackberry and black cherry, all woven together in a complex package. Firm but polished tannis keep it rich and mouth coating and, given its depth and concentration, it should reward short-term cellaring. Best through 2005-2010”
James Laube

92 points Wine Advocate

“More backward, with high tannin levels, the black/purple-colored 2002 Pinot Noir Cuvee Agustina boasts formidable levels of extract as well as ripe, concentrated fruit. Thick, juicy, and heady, it reveals notes of black fruits, smoke, minerals, violets, and toasty oak. Give it 4-6 years of cellaring and enjoy it over the following 12-15 years.”
Robert Parker Jr.

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Harvest Date September 12

Growing Season A cold spring which resulted in late bud break, followed by a relatively warm summer, produced concentrated, big style wines. 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 with indigenous yeasts; 2 months to completion
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels, 6 months to completion
• Aged 16 months in French oak barrels from Remond, Francois Freres, and Cadus; 88 % new
• Unblended, unfined, unfiltered; bottled January 2004

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