Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard Carneros Pinot Noir 2013 Rated 95WE EDITORS CHOICE
Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard Carneros Pinot Noir 2013 Rated 95WE EDITORS CHOICE sws391516
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Wine Advocate Review
A brilliant wine, the 2014 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard, utilizes about 10%-15% whole-clusters and 60% new French oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Most of this vineyard is planted with Hyde Pinot Noir selections, including Calera. The vineyard was planted in 1979, but Patz & Hall used two older blocks among the 44 distinct parcels Hyde possesses. This dark ruby/plum colored wine offers up notes of baking spices, black and red currants, sweet cherry and porcini mushroom. Some earth is present, and the wine is classic Pinot Noir with light tannin and a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, impressive focus and equilibrium. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.
Aromas of dried strawberry, flowers, and almonds. Some smoky undertones. Medium to full body, pinpointed and linear with a finish that goes to the tip of your tongue. Energetic. Drink now.
Wine Enthusiast Review
From the legendary Hyde, a source since 1996, this vintage continues the greatness of the prior years, showing depths of fresh dirt and spice. Stewy damson plum, blackberry and black cherry provide succulent complex, ripe flavors accented in vanilla and cinnamon. The acidity is mouthwatering.
A standout wine of the vintage, 2014 delivered a spectacular expression of Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir. The nose is vivid and complex with floral aromas of rose and carnation, alongside layers of cherry, clove, white chocolate, five-spice powder and fine herbs. The palate is broad and flavorful, with firm tannins and hints of moist earth underscoring vibrant notes of strawberry jam, brandied cherry and espresso. With even more fruit and acid than the exceptional 2012 vintage, this alluring and dynamic Pinot is something special.