2018 Paul Hobbs Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir, Carneros, USA (750ml)
One of the first vineyards Paul Hobbs sourced from since the winery was founded in 1991, the wine exhibits aromas of black fruits and cherry that lead to a palate of ripe currant and clean earth. Firm tannin's and touch of acidity grace a long finish.
The 2018 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard has beautiful expression this vintage, with delicate aromas of lilac, bay leaf, orange peel and warm blueberries with a core of pure red and black berry fruit. The medium-bodied palate is satiny and nuanced, all polish and class, with a long, juicy finish. - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 95pts
From the Carneros region in the southern part of the valley, the 2018 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard gives up a Burgundian bouquet of black cherries, mulberries, smoked earth, and candied violets. It shows more and more floral tones with time in the glass and is beautifully textured, medium to full-bodied, and has silky tannins. It's terrific today, yet it has a solid spine of acidity that's going to allow it to evolve gracefully for a solid decade or more. This cuvée was just about all destemmed (there are 8% stems) and spent 15 months in 53% new French oak. - Jeb Dunnuck 95pts
This is very layered, yet there is an agile and lively edge to the wine. Medium-to full-bodied, creamy and chewy. Flavorful finish. Tight now. Give it two to three years of bottle age. Try after 2023. -
James Suckling 94pts
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