Hyde Vineyard

Carneros Pinot Noir

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92 Points
The Wine Advocate | April 2017
Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard is redolent of red and black cherries, violets, underbrush and garrigue. Medium-bodied, softly textured and with great elegance and finesse, it has lovely vibrancy and freshness, finishing long and pure. 


93 Points
Wine Enthusiast | December 2016
“From the legendary Hyde, a source since 1996, this vintage continues the greatness of the prior years, showing depths of fresh dirt and spice. Stewy damson plum, blackberry and black cherry provide succulent complex, ripe flavors accented in vanilla and cinnamon. The acidity is mouthwatering.” - Virginie Boone

92 Points
Wine Spectator | October 2016
“A first look at our editors’ most exciting new wines” 
“Knockout reds and sophisticated sparklers pervade this week’s Wine Spectator Insider, with world-class offerings from Australia, California, France and Italy. This is a report of the most exciting wines our editors have discovered in the tasting room in recent weeks.

The 2014 Hyde Vineyard Pinot Noir “Presents a charming, supple mix of plum, black cherry, rose petal and raspberry, shaded by hints of baking spices and light cedary oak. Still a bit edgy, but should smooth out. Drink now.” - James Laube

94 Points
Wine Advocate | April 2016
“A brilliant wine, the 2014 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard, utilizes about 10%-15% whole-clusters and 60% new French oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Most of this vineyard is planted with Hyde Pinot Noir selections, including Calera. The vineyard was planted in 1979, but Patz & Hall used two older blocks among the 44 distinct parcels Hyde possesses. This dark ruby/plum colored wine offers up notes of baking spices, black and red currants, sweet cherry and porcini mushroom. Some earth is present, and the wine is classic Pinot Noir with light tannin and a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, impressive focus and equilibrium. Drink it over the next 7-8 years. 2016 – 2024” - Robert Parker


93 Points
Wine Advocate | December 2014
“The 2013 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard comes from the Hyde Calera selection of Pinot Noir, was fermented with 10% whole clusters, and saw 60% new French oak. This stunning, deep ruby/purple-hued Pinot reveals notes of black raspberries, kirsch and forest floor, a medium to full-bodied, pure, graceful, nicely textured, savory, mouthfilling style, and a decade of drinkability.” - Robert Parker

93 Points
Wine Spectator Insider | February 2016
“A first look at our editors’ most exciting wines”
“The bounty of California’s recent stellar vintages continues to yield terrific wines in a variety of styles.  

The 2013 Patz & Hall HYDE VINEYARD – Carneros Pinot Noir "gushes with pure, rich blackberry, blueberry and wild berry flavors, with touches of anise and cedar imparting a firm backbone. Most impressive on the finish, which is long and persistent, presenting a firm, tannic backbone. Drink now through 2022.” – James Laube

95 Points, Editors' Choice
Wine Enthusiast | May 2016
“High in acidity with a voluptuously sleek and supple body, this is a smoothly tamed wine. It’s youthful and structured, with a mix of  citrus, black cherry and cola. Medium bodied, it’s memorably balanced and possesses subtle power.” - Virigine Boone

92+ Points
Vinous | May 2016
“Bright, dark red-ruby. Pure but reticent aromas of mint, cinnamon, clove and licorice. Plush, shapely and deep, offering lovely perfumed lift to the flavors of mulled cranberry and dark spices. Fine-grained tannins spread out to saturate the palate on the long, aromatic finish.” - Stephen Tanzer


92+ Points
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar | May/June 2014
“Good deep red. Dark aromas of blackberry, licorice and violet are perked up by notes of tangy pomegranate, orange zest and rose petal. Juicy, silky and penetrating, displaying superb purity and intensity to its youthful black fruit, forest floor and violet flavors. Tight, backward and very structured, with the concentration and balance for a graceful evolution in bottle.” - Stephen Tanzer

94 Points
The Wine Advocate | December 2013
“Showing fabulously well, the 2012 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard is a deep ruby color, a big, sweet kiss of raspberries, black cherries and forest floor as well as a floral note. Its beautiful texture, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, stunning purity, length and richness make for a superb Pinot Noir to drink over the next 5-6 years.” - Robert Parker

92 Points
Wine Spectator Insider
“A first look at our editors’ most exciting new wines”
“California and Oregon present enticing Pinot Noirs in this week’s Wine Spectator Insider, a sampling of recent discoveries made by our editors in their tastings.”

"A graceful, harmonious style, with supple raspberry, wild berry, black cherry and subtle spice, herb and cedary oak notes. Ends with a lingering aftertaste of juicy berry. Drink now through 2021.” – James Laube

93 Points
Wine Enthusiast | July 2015
“One of the producer’s longest-standing vineyard sources, this Hyde is gorgeously savory and lightly textured, while offering plenty of depth and complexity on the palate. Aromatically, it presents inviting orange zest, cherry and cranberry, elements that follow in taste, finished off by a flash of white pepper. Fresh and fruity, this wine also provides smooth, yet sizable tannins.” - Virginie Boone


92 (+?) Points
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar | May 2013
“Good medium red, not too bright. Deeply pitched aromas of plum, raspberry, strawberry, mocha, loam and brown spices, lifted by floral notes of lavender and rose petal. Rich, broad and concentrated; more about spices and flowers than primary fruit today but sophisticated and complex nonetheless. A faint mintiness provides lift. Spreads out nicely on the back half, finishing with a light dusting of tannins and plenty of energy. This one needs a few years in the cellar.” - Stephen Tanzer

92 Points
Wine Advocate | December 2013
“Made from a combination of Dijon clones and the renowned (and winemaker’s favorite) calera clonal material, the 2011 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard offers up notes of roasted meats, bouquet garni, black currants and black cherries along with loads of steak tartare in a deep, rich, medium to full-bodied style.” - Robert Parker


93 Points
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar | May 2012
“Bright, dark red. Deep, brooding nose offers intense fruit aromas of blueberry, blackberry, crushed cherry and cool cranberry, complicated by root vegetables, crushed sage, menthol and earth. Wonderfully aromatic and fruit-driven in the mouth, with terrific lift from floral and orange peel elements. Nicely ripe, harmonious acidity here. Finishes very long, with dusty tannins and a distinctly juicy quality. This is sexy already but will age nicely.” - Stephen Tanzer

94 Points
WineLines Online | October 2012
“In the glass, the wine shows a translucent deep ruby color with lightening around the edges. It displays intense aromas of spiced cranberry, orange peel, dark cherry and a high note of fennel frond. There is a velvety weightiness in the mouth, where the fruit fleshes out to near jamminess. This is a perfect example of the hedonistic style of Pinot Noir that the best vineyards and wineries aspire to.” -Glen Frederiksen

Pinot Noir of the Year
Tom Simoneau, The Wine Guy, KSRO Radio
Tom Simoneau’s Wines of the Year 2012: Pinot Noir
2010 HYDE VINEYARD – Carneros Pinot Noir

95 Points
Wine Spectator Insider | June 2013
“Combines deliciously ripe dark berry fruit with a graceful texture and deft balance, featuring juicy wild berry and blackberry at the core. Floral, spice and anise touches linger on the finish.” - J.L.


94 Points
WinesLines Online | November 2011
“Deeply hued, this is an amazing Pinot Noir that shows off the richness and depth of the 2009 vintage in California. The aromas and flavors come in waves of raspberry, blueberry, cranberry sauce, cinnamon spice, white chocolate and anise. The plush, velvety mouthfeel is seductive, and the spiced berry fruit lingers. This wine — crafted from grapes grown in three small blocks within the Hyde Vineyard in the Carneros AVA — can hold its own with a variety of foods, from roast duck and game to salmon and seared rare ahi tuna.” - Glen Fredericksen

91 Points
Wine Spectator | April 2012
“This firm, tight Pinot offers vivid blackberry, spice,
mineral and cedar notes. Full-bodied and concentrated,
with a supple, graceful finish.” - James Laube


93 Points
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar | June 2010
“Good deep red. Perfumed nose and palate offer strawberry, cola, mocha and underbrush, plus a lightlycaramelized quality; lots of soil character here. At once sweet and energetic, with a lovely light touchcontributing to the impression of a lift. A very graceful, juicy and expressive pinot with excellent definition. With all the attention being paid these days to the Sonoma Coast and points north, it’s too easy to forget about the best pinot noir sites of Carneros.” - Stephen Tanzer

92 Points
Wine Spectator Insider | March 2011
“Fresh, intense and vibrant, with snappy wild berry and raspberry fruit. Full-bodied, tight and focused, ending with a long, persistent, berry-laced finish. Drink now through 2020.”—J.L


90 Points
The Wine Advocate | February 2010
“Another outstanding effort is the 2007 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard. Its dark ruby color is followed by scents of damp earth, spice box, licorice, white chocolate, black cherries, and raspberries. Medium to full-bodied with tart, fresh acids, and a long finish, it can be enjoyed over the next 5-7 years.” - Robert Parker

92 Points
Wine Spectator.com
“Tight, compact and concentrated, this is full-bodied and built around firm blackberry and wild berry fruit that’s framed by taut tannins. Needs time to unwind, but ends with a huckleberry note on the long, persistent finish.” - James Laube


91 Points
Wine Spectator | September 2007
Aromas of ripe cherry, wild berry and cola are fresh, vibrant… More>


90 Points
Wine Spectator | June 2006
Firm and concentrated, with mineral, blueberry, raspberry and cedary oak… More>


93 Points
Wine Spectator | May 2005
Generous plum, rose petal, wild berry and lavender aromas carry… More>


93 Points
Wine Spectator | June 2004
A seductive, delicate wine that's rich and polished, with layers of complex plum… More>