Hyde de Villaine (HdV)

California: Napa Valley, United States

Ygnacia Pinot Noir, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros, Napa Valley — 2021

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  • Introduction

    • Planted exclusively for Hyde de Villaine on an optimal location on Hyde Vineyard, our Ygnacia Pinot Noir is a blend of 6 heritage clones collected by Larry Hyde over the last 40 years of farming. This wine represents a lifetime of work by Mr. Hyde in his pursuit of the finest Pinot Noir selections 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: 3.4 acres
    • Vine Age: 11 years
    • Soil: Haire clay loam over clay hardpan
    • Exposure: Southern
  • Vintage Report

    • Despite the severe drought conditions that dictated the growing season, 2021 remained a very calm vintage with no heat spikes or natural disasters leading to Harvest. The mild weather, along with lower yields, elevated the concentration of freshness and flavors in the grapes, resulting in intensely layered wines, but with precision and focus. An age-worthy vintage, along the lines of 2015 or 2017, that proved to be some of the best wines we have ever produced.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 3, 2021
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Aging: 18 months in barrel, 15% new French Oak; no stirring or racking
    • Bottled: March 20, 2023; unfined and unfiltered
  • Technical Information

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

    • Aromas of Bing cherry and raspberry compote lead into hints of violet and orange peel. Delicate notes of cinnamon and anise frame the flavors of pomegranate and a subtle mint. Fine-grained, firm tannins provide structure while the acidity provides for a beautifully juicy finish. Versatility in pairing makes this wine a great choice for any occasion! — Guillaume Boudet, Winemaker



  • Ygnacia Pinot Noir, Hyde Vineyard, Carneros, Napa Valley – 2021 – Wine Spectator – 94 Points

    "This rather distinctive version offers a fun burst of blood orange, damson plum and bitter cherry notes backed by singed clove, red tea and orange zest hints that skitter throughout. There's some youthful grip to shed on the taut, lively finish."