2013 Hyde Vineyard Merlot
We don’t fool around with Merlot. We went straight to Larry Hyde and set-up an “acreage contract” for a block that features the “3 Palms” selection from up valley. The quadrilateral cane configuration opens up the canopy for light penetration, and we leave only 1-cluster per shoot, so each grape cluster hangs freely and is never crowded by its neighbor.
We picked our 1.25 acres on the 9h of October and proceeded with what we know best, gentle Pinot noir treatment (de-stemming without crushing and open-top fermentation) to coax out the expression of this unique site of beautiful red clay. After fermentation we aged the eight barrels (50% new) for 22 months prior to unfiltered bottling.
Exotic dark fruits predominate on the nose with blackberry and boysenberry along with layers of spice including fresh ground nutmeg, and brown sugar. The palate features beautiful fruit sweetness, with notes of leather, blackberry compote and black tea. There is plenty of horsepower here, so additional time in your cellar will lead to pleasing results. 204 cases produced; Available only at the winery.