2018 HYDE VINEYARD CARNEROS PINOT NOIR
This iconic site consistently delivers one of the most elegant and refined Pinots in our portfolio.
The 2018 vintage is more robust and richer than typical, providing layers of ripe red currants and Bing cherries along with a lifted purity and freshness that supports elegant and cleansing acidity. The nose is filled with the Hyde Vineyard signature dried rose petals and cardamom/cinnamon spice. The mouth has great depth, showing composed, refined tannins that are knit together with strawberry, raspberry and a hint of cocoa. The mid-palate is delicate but flavorful and juicy, showing the elegance and complexity that is classic Hyde Pinot.
The weather in 2018 was spectacular, making this another exceptionally fine vintage for Carneros. A near record long growing season, with plenty of cool days, punctuated with sunny and warm patches allowed flavors and textures to mature fully. Crop levels were above average, with many sites producing the best crops in years. The acidity levels are higher than normal, with perfectly ripened fruit. Though the year was cool, the fruit was very clean and high quality. A vintage to remember!