Hyde de Villaine (HdV)

California: Napa Valley, United States

Syrah, Californio – 2012

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • The name Californio pays tribute to the early California settlers, or Californios, those of Spanish heritage who tamed the wilds of the frontier. As descendants of the early Californios, the Hyde and de Villaine families strive to present a Syrah that highlights one of California’s premier growing sites, Hyde Vineyard, while embodying the elegance of the Old World.

    • Appellation: Los Caneros
    • Vine Age: 12 - 18 years
    • Soil: Shallow loam over clay hardpan
  • Vintage Report

    • Hyde Vineyard experienced moderate to high temperatures during the 2012 growing season. The warm weather was complimented by cool nights and no significant weather events. The growing season was longer than the previous two with harvest completed on October 18th. This vintage will be remembered for its definition and balance.

    • Harvest Date(s): October 6 and 18, 2012
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Aging: 20 months
    • Filtration: Unfined & Unfiltered
    • Bottled: July 31, 2014
  • Tasting Notes

    • Rich garnet in color, this wine expresses exuberant aromatics blackberry, red cherry and violet on the nose. The palate is attractive with loads of ripe black and blue berries, delicate floral blossoms, dried tobacco and tea leaf, and a refined elegant tannin structure. At its core, the Syrah has firm acidity, a pleasant mineral component, and a touch of earth.
      – Stéphane Vivier, Winemaker