2002 Hyde de Villaine "HdV" Carneros Syrah (Previously $50.00)
A dense, rich yet elegantly styled wine with layers of tobacco leaf, beef carpaccio, white pepper, wild berry, raspberry and plum, holding a sharp focus and finishing with a long, persistent finish that gains complexity and nuance, and has just the right mix of tannins and acidity.
*One Star* Here is a deep and big-bodied look at Syrah that offers up lots of well-defined fruit and is sweetened with wonderful oak. It is concentrated and firmly balanced with finely fit tannins for grip and at all points conveys a very real sense of potency. Never an especially bold or blustery wine, it proves that muscle and style are not mutually exclusive virtues. It is an eminently ageworthy effort, and we would not be surprised in the least if it gains in complexity for seven to ten years.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Syrah is made in an elegant, French style. The 2002 Syrah reveals a deep, dark ruby color along with a sweet nose of black cherries, mountain berries, flowers, and white pepper. Crisp, tart acidity, medium body, and a clean finish ... It is vaguely reminiscent of a low-keyed St.-Joseph. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright medium ruby. Smoky, minerally aromas of cassis, bitter chocolate, tobacco and black pepper. Juicy, sappy and firm-edged, with dense, primary flavors of black cherry, licorice, pepper and herbs. A very minerally, nicely concentrated syrah that tightened up in the glass. Finishes quite firm, relying more on its rather bracing acids than its tannins for backbone. These Hyde de Villaine wines, a joint venture between the Hyde (Carneros) and de Villaine (Burgundy) families, are decidedly French in style.