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2008

Cabernet Sauvignon

Hyde Vineyard
Carneros, Napa Valley

This violet hued, cool-climate Carneros cabernet sauvignon boasts intense aromas of blackberry, Chambord and lavender. The palate’s silky texture is seamlessly interwoven with concentrated flavors of black cherry, licorice and pencil shavings. The long, luxurious finish is supported by fine-grained tannins and accentuated with black fruits and dried tobacco leaves. Alcohol 14.7%

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94 points Wine Advocate

“Exceptional example from this source. Notes of tobacco leaf, licorice, spice box, fruitcake, black currants and blueberries soar from the glass this inky/blue/purple-colored wine. Revealing a voluptuous texture as well as beautiful density, it is almost as provocative and compelling as the 2007 Hyde. The 2008 should keep for more than 20+ years.”
Robert Parker Jr.

93 points Wine Spectator

“Juicy and lively, elegant and stylish, with taut vanilla bean, blackberry, cherry and cedar notes.  Full-bodied, focused and persistent, gaining length, depth and nuance.  Drink now through 2019. ”
James Laube

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Harvest Date October 25

Growing Season 2008 began with an exceptionally dry spring and early budbreak. Frosts in April significantly lowered cluster counts. Weather stabilized and warmed through summer, with warmer temperatures continuing through harvest. A smaller crop of high quality fruit was able to ripen fully and evenly, developing an excellent balance of sugars and acid. Overall, the 2008 wines are bright and expressive with well-articulated flavors.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Fermented in a single 5-ton closed-top stainless steel fermentor with indigenous yeasts
• 6-day cold soak, 30 days total maceration
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 20 months in French oak barrels; 67% new
• Varietal Composition: 100% cabernet sauvignon
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled June 2010

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