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2009

Pinot Noir

Hyde Vineyard
Carneros, Napa Valley

Dense black plum in color, this graceful and elegant pinot noir from Larry Hyde’s vineyard is aromatic with violets, sage and blueberry. The palate, rich with dusty, brooding earthiness, opens slowly to impressions of ripe currant, blackberry and jammy black fruits. A lengthy finish is punctuated with brambly notes and fine grained yet firm tannins. Alcohol 14.4%

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95 points Wine Advocate

“Emerges from the glass with dark red fruit, spices, tobacco, new leather and licorice. This is a fleshy, generous Pinot loaded with class and pedigree. The flavors build effortlessly to the rich, textured finish. This is a gorgeous showing from Paul Hobbs. The 2009 was fully destemmed. The clones are Calera and Beba. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.”
Antonio Galloni

93 points Wine Spectator

“Rich, with dark berry fruit, but also elegant and detailed. Dense, with blackberry, wild berry, spice, mineral and floral scents that are full-bodied and expansive on the palate, ending with a pleas­ing mix of mineral and loamy earth. Drink now through 2018.”
James Laube

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Harvest Date September 13 & 15

Growing Season 2009 began with an abundance of spring rain followed by mild, steady summer temperatures setting the stage for nearly ideal pinot noir and chardonnay growing conditions. The well-set fruit ripened slowly allowing for an excellent balance of sugars and acids to develop. The resulting wines can be characterized as elegant and rich with profound depth and structure.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts
• 5-day cold soak, 15 days total maceration
• Hand-punched cap
• Concurrent, spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 11 months in French oak barrels; 61% new
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled August 2010

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