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2014

Pinot Noir

Hyde Vineyard
Carneros, Napa Valley

Dense violet in color, this exceptional pinot noir sets the stage with aromas of blue fruits and dried sage. Supple and earthy, the wine opens slowly with ripe flavors of blackberry, black cherry and hints of potpourri. The rich concentration of the wine is complemented by supple tannins and fresh acidity.

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95 Points Vinous

“The Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard, a wine that can at times be a bit rustic, is anything but that in 2014. Creamy and voluptuous, the Hyde is also endowed with tremendous thrust. Dark red cherry jam, graphite, herbs, smoke, tar and licorice are all pushed forward. In the end, nothing really sticks out, rather it is the wine's exceptional balance that is most impressive.”
Antonio Galloni

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Harvest Date September 6

Growing Season 2014 was the third straight outstanding growing season in a row, following the excellent 2012 and 2013 vintages. Dry winter and spring conditions limited canopy vigor, and a warm growing season with a lack of extreme heat spikes resulted in prolonged, even ripening through harvest. The resulting wines possess great site specificity, depth and quality.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested; picked at night
• Hand-sorted while still cold from the field; 5% whole cluster inclusion
• 5-day cold soak, 15 days total maceration
• Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts
• Gentle punchdowns and pumpovers
• Aged 11 months in French Oak barrels; 63% new
• Coopers: Cadus, Damy, Louis Latour, Francois Frères, Marques
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled August 2015

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