Hyde de Villaine (HdV)

California: Napa Valley, United States

Ygnacia Pinot Noir, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros, Napa Valley — 2020

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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: 10 years
    • Soil: Haire clay loam over clay hardpan
    • Exposure: Southern
  • Vintage Report

    • 2020 gave us wines full of character and personality, emphasizing the strength and resilience of Hyde Vineyard. The growing season was defined by extreme drought conditions and intense heat, creating challenges for even growth and ripening. Yields were light but the resulting wines are of precision and concentration, accompanied by brighter natural acid and pronounced minerality. Despite the challenges 2020 presented in the vineyards as well as our personal lives, we are proud of the wines we were able to create to commemorate Hyde de Villaine’s 20th anniversary!


    • Harvest Date(s): August 25
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Aging: 16 months in barrel, 15% new French Oak; no stirring or racking
    • Bottled: May 8, 2022; unfined and unfiltered
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
    • Alcohol: 13.8%
  • Tasting Notes

    • “Notes of French plums pair with black cherry and cola. Fresh river stones intertwine with menthol and bergamot tea. A candy-like sensation of sweet marzipan and grandma’s strawberry candies entices the pallet developing into savory characteristics of white pepper and delicate rose petal notes. Smooth tannins bring structure but also a drinkability that draws you in for another sip.” — Guillaume Boudet, Winemaker



  • Ygnacia Pinot Noir, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros, Napa Valley — 2021 – Wine Spectator – 95 Points

    “A fruit-driven offering, with plum pâte de fruit, maraschino cherry and steeped boysenberry notes pumping through, coated with black licorice and backed by an alluring flash of singed apple wood. The fruit turns to mulled in feel on the long, plush finish. Lots to like here.”