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. Both James Hall and Donald Patz are high on 2014 for both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The Pinot Noirs tend to range from 40% to 60% new French oak and make use of indigenous yeast fermentations for the most part and, depending on the cuvée, small percentages of whole-clusters (stems). I was generally surprised at just how well Patz & Hall Pinot Noirs age. Most of us tend to drink Pinot Noir in its first seven to ten years of life, and that goes for red Burgundy as well. These wines certainly can go well past that, as the following notes indicate. (RP)
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. (VB)
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. (JL)
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