2009 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard

Year: 2009
Appellation: Carneros, Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 91-93
Vinous Media: 93
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"Rich, with dark berry fruit, but also elegant and detailed. Dense, with blackberry, wild berry, spice, mineral and floral scents that are full-bodied and expansive on the palate, ending with a pleasing mix of mineral and loamy earth. Drink now through 2018. 820 cases made." (WS)

"The 2009 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard exhibits abundant aromas of black raspberries, plums, Asian spice and forest floor in addition to a more precocious, front end-loaded, fruit-driven style without quite the complexity, density and richness of the 2008. More elegant, but slightly less concentrated, it is another exceptional Pinot Noir from Paul Hobbs that should drink well for 5-7 years.

One of California’s most renowned international wine consultants (he consults with 14 bodegas in Argentina, 3 wineries in Chile and also an estate in Armenia), Paul Hobbs is also a well-known consultant in California with his best-known clients being Merus, Stewart Cellars, Clos Pegase and Constant. All of Paul Hobbs offerings from the Sonoma Coast and the Russian River, which includes an impressive portfolio of Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, will be reviewed in the February, 2011 issue in an extensive report on those viticultural areas. Hobbs produces one Napa Valley Pinot Noir from the Carneros region. The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignons all look sensational. As a group, they come close to rivaling the brilliant success Paul Hobbs enjoyed in 2007. An early look at barrel samples of four 2009s suggests these are very strong efforts. Paul Hobbs did not make a 2009 Stagecoach or Hyde Cabernet because he had not harvested those Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards before the deluge of rain hit in mid-October. He felt there was too much mold in those vineyards." (WA)

"Deep ruby. Expressive aromas of raspberry, candied cherry, dried flowers and spicecake, with an intense mineral overtone. Creamy and sweet, offering energetic red berry and bitter cherry flavors, an exotic rose pastille quality and a strong impression of umami-like saltiness. Presents a fat-free red fruit expression and hints of herbs and minerality on the long, precise finish." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
Dense black plum in color, this graceful and elegant pinot noir from Larry Hyde’s vineyard is aromatic with violets, sage and blueberry. The palate, rich with dusty, brooding earthiness, opens slowly to impressions of ripe currant, blackberry and jammy black fruits. A lengthy finish is punctuated with brambly notes and fine grained yet firm tannins.