2018 Amici Hyde Pinot Noir

93points

Wine Advocate

“the most beautiful perfume…”

Vineyard Notes

The 200-acre Hyde Vineyard, considered one of California’s Grand Cru vineyards, includes one of the oldest blocks of Chardonnay grapes. Carneros has always been considered prime land for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The shallower soil and cooler climates of Carneros result in smaller vines, grapes that turn into brighter, more ethereal wines.

Winemaking Notes

Amici’s Hyde Pinot Noir is rich in color and aroma with black cherry, red raspberry and violet; earth notes. Balanced and textured with silky tannins and a multi-dimensional palate of ripe berries, cocoa nib, savory brown spice, forest floor and crushed stone, the 2018 shows concentration and delicacy, fruit and complexity, savory and sweet, a great representation of one of the most impressive vintages of the last decade.

$95
750ml
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Vineyard
Hyde Vineyard
Appellation
Carneros
Blend
100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol
13.5%
Fermentation & Aging
13 months; 100% French Oak; 35% New

A Single Vineyard Wine

Hyde Vineyard

Vineyard Details

Reviews

93points

Wine Advocate

“From more than 30-year-old vines planted to Beba clone, the 2018 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard fermented with 12% whole cluster and was aged in 40% new Francois Freres barrels for 13 months. Medium to deep ruby-purple colored, it offers up the most beautiful perfume of red roses, candied violets and black raspberries with nuances of kirsch, garrigue, tilled soil and moss-covered tree bark. Medium-bodied, the palate is delicately played with loads of finely crafted red and black berry layers and a firm line of fine-grained tannins, finishing long and earthy.”

92points

James Suckling

“A pinot with plenty of dried-strawberry and cherry aromas with some dried vanilla and orange peel. It’s medium-to full-bodied with plenty of ripe fruit and intensity. Firm tannins. Vanilla undertones at the end. Give it a year or two to come together. Try in 2023.”

91-93points

Jeb Dunnuck

“From a site in Napa, the 2018 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard is another richer, sexy wine. Black raspberries, sappy flowers, forest floor, and earth all flow to a medium to full-bodied effort that has subtle oak, no hard edges, and plenty of length. I’d give bottles a year or two, and it should evolve nicely.”

90points

Vinous

“The 2018 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard is soft, fruity and translucent. Sweet red cherry, mint, cedar and sweet floral notes all come together in this super-expressive Pinot Noir. The 2018 is elegant and refined, but also very much on the ethereal side. The 10% whole clusters are not especially evident; the 35-40% new oak is well-integrated.”

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$95
750ml

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