Belle Cousine, Hyde Vineyard, Napa Valley – 2008
The nose offers intense and complex aromas of spice, black cherry, red fruits, sweet vanilla, as well as an earth-driven character. Soft mineral tannins accompany the black cherry core through the mid-palate onto a long, clean finish. Ultimately, persistent length accompanied by purity and elegance defines the 2008 HdV Belle Cousine. It should continue to improve for another 15 years.