Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
Elegant and layered, the nose dances and weaves through aromas of dried rose petal, carnation, cranberry, clove, cherry, dark chocolate and damp earth. Though soft and supple, the palate is equally multifaceted, with fine-grained tannins supporting flavors of cassis, cherry liqueur and cinnamon. Mouthwatering acidity brings precision to the red fruit flavors while adding brightness and focus to the finish.
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As early as the 1970s Carneros became known as a source of terrific Pinot Noir, and was one of the first California regions to gain such a reputation. The combination of sunny days, cooling fog and thin clay soils are tailor-made for the variety. Another factor in Pinot Noir’s prominent place here is vintners’ willingness to experiment widely. The history of the grape in Carneros is marked by continuous research into clonal variations, viticultural techniques and site selection. Careful evaluation over time has revealed a signature flavor profile as well. Complex aromas and flavors of cherry, red berry, spice, earth and cola appear time and again in Carneros Pinot Noir. To this day the appellation remains one of California’s standard bearers for the variety.