2014 Hyde Vineyard Merlot
The Carneros area is planted overwhelmingly with Chardonnay and Pinot noir, at 46% and 44% of the total acreage, respectively. And this is not without good reason as the climate is ideal for these two grape varieties. However, Carneros is a special, if not magical, place for Merlot. A place where the grapes can hang deep into October, developing additional layers of ripeness without losing the freshness and acidity that keeps wine moving on the palate.
We don’t fool around with Merlot. We went straight to Larry Hyde, who has been growing grapes in Carneros for close to 40 years and set up an acreage contract. Our block features a selection of Merlot from the historic “3 Palms” vineyard planted on St. George rootstock. 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.