Hyde de Villaine (HdV)

California: Napa Valley, United States

Ygnacia Pinot Noir, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros, Napa Valley — 2019

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  • Introduction

    • Planted exclusively for Hyde de Villaine on a optimal location on Hyde Vineyard, our Ygnacia Pinot Noir is a blend of 7 heritage clones collected by Larry Hyde over the last 40 years. This wine represents a lifetime of work by Mr. Hyde in his pursuit of the finest Pinot Noir clones in the New World.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: Hyde Vineyard, at the eastern edge of Los Carneros District
    • Vineyard Owner: Mr. and Mrs. Aubert de Villaine, Mr. and Mrs. Laurence W. Hyde, Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Hyde III
    • Appellation: Los Carneros, Napa Valley
    • Size: 1.9 acres
    • Vine Age: 9 years
    • Soil: Haire clay loam over clay hardpan
  • Vintage Report

    • Napa experienced a dry start to our winter, followed by heavy rains into early spring. The late rains resulted in high vigor, a lower-than-average set and challenging viticultural conditions. Despite the extended wet conditions of the spring, the summer followed with exceptional weather; heavy fog in the mornings followed by warm, sunny days. The optimal conditions created a lengthy growing season, allowing the fruit to slowly ripen and preserve the finesse and freshness of the vintage. 2019 was an exciting vintage because of the balance, concentration and purity of flavors focused by fresh acidity.


    • Harvest Date(s): September 5
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Aging: 15 months in French oak barrels, 15% new; no stirring or racking
    • Bottled: May 10, 2021; unfined and unfiltered
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
    • Alcohol: 13.1%
  • Tasting Notes

    • “Rich strawberry and rhubarb aromas delicately interweave with layers of rose hips, steeped Oolong tea and anise. An herbal, almost minty sensation, leads into tones of pie crust and pomegranate. The concentration of this vintage also brings a darker, brooding character while still providing velvety tannins and fresh acidity.” — Guillaume Boudet, Winemaker



  • Ygnacia Pinot Noir, Hyde Vineyard, Napa Valley — 2019 – Wine Spectator – 94 Points

    “Wonderfully rendered, with a lush and inviting wave of griotte, plum puree and raspberry coulis notes that stretch out, while notes of anise, wood spice and red tea fill in. The sleek mineral underpinning adds subtle contrast to the very expressive fruit. Lovely.” 

  • Hyde de Villaine Ygnacia Pinot Noir, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros, Napa Valley — 2019 – James Suckling – 94 Points

    Lots of violets, roses and hibiscus with some dried strawberry on the nose. Full-bodied with smoky, smooth tannins and lovely balance and freshness. Hints of smoked meat to the fruit. Firm and bright.