Nose

Elegant aromas of confiture, Rainier cherry, iron and clay waft delicately from the glass.

Palate

On the palate, high-toned wild berry, savory game, and a touch of clove are framed by ultrafine-grained tannins and bright acidity.

Growing Conditions

Relative to the preceding three years, the 2016 growing season was notably cooler, with lower than average daytime highs and colder nights. Though harvest commenced a week earlier than typical, the weather remained stable throughout the ripening phase with no significant heat spikes. The result was balanced fruit of optimal quality and a short harvest period, concluding within a two to three-week timeline.

Harvest

Hand-harvested at night, sheers only.

Bottling

Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Winemaking

 9% whole cluster inclusion  Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts  5-6 day cold soak, 14 day maceration  Gentle punchdowns  Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel

Aging

Aged 10 months in French oak barrels; 59% new Coopers: Cadus, Damy, Francois Frères, Louis Latour

Appearance

Garnet with a deep violet core, the 2016 Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir is refinement, balance, restraint, and precision encapsulated in a single wine.

Food Pairing

Try with thinly sliced saucisson sec, or a classic duck confit salad with peppery arugula. Serve at 50°-55° F.