2018 Amici Hyde Pinot Noir


Wine Advocate

“Most beautiful perfume of red roses”

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 Hyde Pinot Noir is rich in color and aroma with dark plum, violets, and deep lavender notes. Elegant and textured with silky tannins and a multi-dimensional palate of bright berries, fresh cocoa, and crushed stones, the 2018 holds power right now and will age elegantly.

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Pinot Noir
Hyde Vineyard
100% Pinot Noir
Fermentation & Aging
13 months; 100% French Oak; 35% New

A Single Vineyard Wine

Hyde Vineyard

Vineyard Details



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.”


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.”


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.”



“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.”