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2015

Pinot Noir

Hyde Vineyard
Carneros, Napa Valley

This elegant wine from Larry Hyde’s vineyard intrigues with an aromatic medley of dark berries with notes of violet. The supple and earthy palate gives way to ripe flavors of juicy, dark cherry, hints of lavender and herbal spices. This richly textured wine integrates polished tannins with clean minerality and balanced acidity to deliver structure with grace.

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92 Points Wine Advocate

“Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard has crushed cherries and red currants on the nose with underlying violets, charcoal and black soil notes. Medium-bodied and firmly structured, with chewy tannins and lively acid, it offers well-defined red berry and earth flavors in the mouth and great length.”
Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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Harvest Date August 29th

Harvest Brix 25.0

Growing Season The 2015 vintage began in late winter due to unseasonably warm temperatures leading to an early bud break, and thus an elongated growing season. Overall yields were lighter than average with smaller cluster and berry size as a result of cooler temperatures during bloom and the third consecutive year of drought. The resultant wines show increased concentration of flavors with wonderful balance and round textures.

Winemaking

Hand-harvested, picked at night
Hand-sorted while still cold from the field; 5% whole cluster inclusion
Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts
Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel
5-day cold soak, 15 day maceration
Gentle punchdowns and pumpovers
Aged 11 months in French oak barrels; 63% new
Coopers: Francois Frères, Cadus, Damy, Louis Latour, Leroi, Remond, Atlier
Unfined and unfiltered; bottled August 2016

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