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Date Printed: 7/27/2016
HdV Syrah 2006
HdV Syrah 2006
(search item no. 105177)
collectible wine

PRICE ON 7/27/2016: $42.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 vintage was a year of eventful extremes. Despite significant flooding in parts of Napa Valley, winter rains did little damage at Hyde Vineyard where the shallow soils drain extremely well. Rain continued into spring delaying bud break by a few days. Mid-spring provided improved weather, as Hyde Vineyard experienced bloom along with a near perfect fruit set, followed by a July heat spike. Finally, the weather normalized through the month of August and the remainder of the season, consisting of morning fog and flavor concentrating winds.

The wine has a dark ruby hue and shows a complex nose of intense floral and red fruit aromas. Scents of vanilla and sweet spices add up to the mix in a unique bouquet. The experience continues in the palate with soft and elegant tannins accompanied by a deep and dense middle leading to layers of fruit, spices and flowers. The wine is balanced and shows a unique definition of flavors and persistence on the finish. It reminisces of a young Côte-Rotie or Saint Joseph with the opulent but restrained fruit of Hyde Vineyard. Our 2006 HdV can be enjoyed now after an hour of decanting and will certainly age well for 6 to 10 years.

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About HdV:

Established in 2000, HdV stands for Hyde de Villaine – a collaborative venture between the Hyde family of Napa Valley and the de Villaine family of Burgundy. The families, joined by marriage, share long histories in French and American winemaking, and have combined their knowledge and passion to create uncompromising wines from Hyde Vineyards in Carneros.

The founders of HdV believe terroir is not only the interaction of the various natural components within an ecosystem but also the human contribution within that ecosystem. Due to this human component, vignerons, to an extent, help create the terroir. It takes decades, if not generations, of knowledge to understand a terroir – to properly respect it and be true to it (best row directions, varietals, selections of a varietal, etc.). It is this respect of the terroir that allows HdV to make fine wines.

Completed just before the 2003 vintage harvest, the HdV winery was designed and developed to accomodate every aspect of HdV's philosophy. HdV strongly believes in the gentlest handling of the grapes and minimal intervention in order to let the wines develop the characteristics that are true to the vineyard terroir. The fruit goes through meticulous sorting – during harvest by the pickers and after harvest on the table at the winery – so that only the finest grapes remain to make the wine.