Elegant aromas of confiture, Rainier cherry, iron and clay waft delicately from the glass.
On the palate, high-toned wild berry, savory game, and a touch of clove are framed by ultrafine-grained tannins and bright acidity.
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.
Hand-harvested at night, sheers only.
Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
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
Aged 10 months in French oak barrels; 59% new Coopers: Cadus, Damy, Francois Frères, Louis Latour
Garnet with a deep violet core, the 2016 Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir is refinement, balance, restraint, and precision encapsulated in a single wine.
Try with thinly sliced saucisson sec, or a classic duck confit salad with peppery arugula. Serve at 50°-55° F.