Hyde de Villaine (HdV)

California: Napa Valley, United States

Pinot Noir, Ysabel, Sonoma Mountain – 2018

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  • Introduction

    • The Hyde de Villaine crest originated with the de la Guerra family of Spain and has graced every bottle since our inception in 2000. To celebrate the Hyde family’s Spanish-California heritage, our Pinot Noir from the Van der Kamp Vineyard dons the name of a family matriarch, Ysabel.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: Van der Kamp Vineyard in Sonoma County
    • Vineyard Owner: Mr. and Mrs. Aubert de Villaine, Mr. and Mrs. Laurence W. Hyde, Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Hyde III
    • Appellation: Sonoma Mountain
    • Size: 3 acres
    • Vine Age: 18 to 19 years
    • Soil: Speckles loam and volcanic tuff
    • Elevation: 1,400 feet elevation above Kenwood
    • Exposure: Southeastern hillside
  • Vintage Report

    • February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near ideal conditions for the fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 14
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Aging: 18 months in French oak; 20% new
    • Bottled: March 13, 2019; unfined and unfiltered
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
    • Alcohol: 13.2%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Enchanting aromas of rose perfume, pink peppercorn and green tea are balanced with hints of pomegranate, macerated strawberry and weathered cedar. Cranberry and wild raspberry notes combined with well-defined tannins give a texture reminiscent of Chinese five-spice. Flirting with herbal tones of thyme and rosemary, this wine promises to age for at least a decade to come. — Guillaume Boudet, Winemaker



  • Hyde de Villaine Pinot Noir, Ysabel, Sonoma Mountain — 2018 – James Suckling – 94 Points

    A solid wine with tile, iron, spice, clove and strawberry character. Full-bodied and very chewy but shows freshness and brightness….Flavorful finish.