Patz & Hall Pinot Noir Carneros Hyde Vineyard 2010
With its super-dense character and palate-coating tannins, this wine is one of the stunners of the vintage, and definitely one of our most age-worthy bottlings from 2010. The aromas are deep and brooding, with intense spicy cranberry, cherry and fennel notes, as well as elements of brine and fleur de sel. Though 2010 was a cool vintage overall, two heat events acted like a natural saignée, underscoring the wine’s power and extract. And while there is excellent natural acid, it plays a supporting role, framing this Pinot’s ample weight. A tour de force!
Established in 1988, Patz & Hall embodies the shared vision and collective expertise of four talented friends - Donald Patz, James Hall, Anne Moses and Heather Patz. Together, this dedicated team of individuals has turned a desire to craft benchmark, single-vineyard Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs into one of California's most celebrated artisan wineries.
External Reviews for Patz & Hall Pinot Noir Carneros Hyde Vineyard
Bright, dark red. Deep, brooding nose offers intense fruit aromas of blueberry, blackberry, crushed cherry and cool cranberry, complicated by root vegetables, crushed sage, menthol and earth. Wonderfully aromatic and fruit-driven in the mouth, with terrific lift from floral and orange peel elements. Nicely ripe, harmonious acidity here. Finishes very long, with dusty tannins and a distinctly juicy quality. This is sexy already but will age nicely.