Turning more towards the red-fruit spectrum of aromas and flavors than in previous vintages, the 2007 HYDE VINEYARD Carneros Pinot Noir showcases layers of strawberry, cherry and cassis. To accentuate these vibrant qualities, the winemaking incorporated 20 percent whole clusters, which also contributed an exotic hint of cinnamon-clove spice. Intricate, ethereal and aromatically driven, this nuanced Pinot Noir seamlessly blends smooth tannins with natural minerality and focused acidity, yielding a wine with bright, appealing finesse and sophistication.
92 points Wine Spectator: Tight, compact and concentrated, this full-bodied red is built around firm blackberry and wild berry fruit that's framed by taut tannins. Needs time to unwind, but ends with a huckleberry note on the long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2016. 767 cases made. (6/15/10)
Wine & SpiritsGood deep red. Perfumed nose and palate offer strawberry, cola, mocha and underbrush, plus a lightly caramelized quality; lots of soil character here. At once sweet and energetic, with a lovely light touch contributing to the impression of lift. A very graceful, juicy and expressive pinot with excellent definition. With all the attention being paid these days to the Sonoma Coast and pinots north, it's too easy to forget about the best pinot noir sites of Carneros.