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2011

Pinot Noir

Hyde Vineyard
Carneros, Napa Valley

Deep ruby in color, the aromas of this pure yet voluptuous pinot noir set the stage with blueberries, black raspberry and caramel. The palate is precise yet supple and is brimming with dark red cherry and raspberry, cocoa, anise and sassafras. Silky tannins and caramel linger on the finish.

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93 Points Vinous

“One of the standouts in this range, the 2011 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard wraps around the palate with dark, intense fruit. Smoke, savory herbs, licorice, tobacco and spices all add complexity in a big, broad-shouldered wine loaded with class and personality. The 2011 finishes with substantial depth and structure.”
Antonio Galloni

92+ Points International Wine Cellar

“Dark ruby. Slowly opens up to display scents of dark berries, cherry-cola and mocha, with a brooding note of licorice in the background. Chewy and densely packed, with intense dark fruit flavors that are brightened by sneaky minerality. Shows very good energy on the finish, which leaves smoky cherry and black raspberry notes behind. This wine will definitely benefit from decanting if you plan on drinking it any time soon. ”
Josh Raynolds

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Harvest Date October 1

Growing Season 2011 began with a wet winter and spring across Sonoma and Napa Counties. Summer was warm, and as harvest approached temperatures rose. Our pinot noir ripened fully and evenly, allowing sugars and acid to develop in balance. The wines from 2011 are bright, expressive and faceted.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts
• 5-day cold soak, 16-17 days total maceration
• Hand-punched cap
• Direct to press; 1.5% whole cluster
• Concurrent, voluntary malolactic fermentation in barrels
• Aged 11 months in French oak barrels; 61% new
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled August 2012

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