2016 started with a cold and wet winter, which gave the vines a well-deserved dormancy after the fast-paced growing season of 2015. Bud break occurred in mid-March and was followed by a dry and warm spring. This resulted in a healthy and vigorous canopy and ideal pollination. Heavy fog in early August slowed down the maturation process and allowed for optimal phenolic development while retaining the freshness and natural acidity Hyde Vineyard is known for. The 2016 harvest began the second week of August and was completed by the first week of October.
The grapes for this Pinot Noir are grown on the Hyde vineyard at the eastern edge of the Carneros sub-region of the Napa Valley. The 1.9-acre site has a southern exposure and soils in the Pinot parcel are Haire clay loam over clay pan. The fruit was harvested on 15th August and the wine spent 17 months in French oak, 15% of which was new. It was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
The nose is intense but delicate, with complex perfume of violet and rose petal, small berry fruits, earthy undertones and with a touch of spice. On the palate, the wine shows bright acidity and mineral components throughout, intermixed with delicate floral and fresh blue-fruit notes. The tannins are layered, soft and precise. The finish builds energy and focus and its length promises a cellar-worthy wine.