- Item #: i_228560Bottle Size: 750mlWinemaker's Notes: "The complex aromas of dried cherry, blackberry bramble, orange peel, cherry tobacco, cedar, sandalwood, cardamom, pink peppercorn and forest floor give a decidedly autumn impression. Amazingly silky across the palate with sweet red fruits on the mid-palate, plenty of fine textured tannins and a long toasty finish. This is one of the most elegant and approachable Hanzell Vineyards Pinot Noirs in recent memory."
- Item #: i_235400Bottle Size: 750mlHyde Vineyards is one of the best vineyards in Napa Valley's Carneros region. Situated on gently rolling hills, the soil is only about 36 inches deep, and the subsoil is impenetrable clay. Larry Hyde and family fanatically farm this property to ensure only the best grapes are available for wineries, and their clientele list includes Auteur, DuMol, Kistler, Merryvale, Miner, Patz & Hall, and Ramey.
While 2014 was an overall dry growing season, a small amount of rain in late February provided just enough soil moisture for the early growing season. A warm spring and summer led to small clusters and berries, resulting in highly concentrated flavors giving this wine vivid and enticing aromas of Bing cherry, raspberry and pomegranate with a touch of rose petal. The palate is flavorful with layers of dark fruit, spice and forest floor, with well-integrated tannins, supported by bright acidity. Great to drink now or lay down for several years.
- Item #: i_241420Bottle Size: 750mlWe've enjoyed the Cabernets and Chardonnays from Merryvale for some time, but this Pinot Noir probably takes the cake. This wine really does fire on all cylinders, and while this sells under $30 a bottle, we think it compares to others that reach that $40+ price points! Merryvale carefully blended many different Pinot Noir clones in order to get good balance, freshness, richness, and flavors. Deep ruby in color with notes of red cherries, earth and orange rind in the aroma. Medium density, with intense fruit flavors and strong floral notes. A soft and delicate palate resolves into smooth velvety tannins. As this wine evolves, further floral flavors will emerge along with notes of tobacco. Properly cellared, this wine will grow and develop over the next 10 years.. Bravo!