2011 Paul Hobbs "Hyde Vineyard" Carneros Pinot Noir

SKU #1093027 93 points Vinous

 One of the standouts in this range, the 2011 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard wraps around the palate with dark, intense fruit. Smoke, savory herbs, licorice, tobacco and spices all add complexity in a big, broad-shouldered wine loaded with class and personality. The 2011 finishes with substantial depth and structure. (AG)  (4/2014)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Dark ruby. Slowly opens up to display scents of dark berries, cherry-cola and mocha, with a brooding note of licorice in the background. Chewy and densely packed, with intense dark fruit flavors that are brightened by sneaky minerality. Shows very good energy on the finish, which leaves smoky cherry and black raspberry notes behind. This wine will definitely benefit from decanting if you plan on drinking it any time soon. (ST) 92+  (5/2013)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard, made from Calera and Pommard clonal material, displays a more earthy, clove, cinnamon and spicy character intertwined with plum and red currant fruit. This well-made, medium-bodied Pinot is best drunk over the next 4-5 years. (RP)  (12/2013)

K&L Notes

The Hyde vineyard was planted in 1994 on an east-facing hillside in Carneros. The 2011 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir bottling was hand harvested and fermented on indigenous yeasts before spending 11 months in 61% new French oak barrels. From the winery: "Deep ruby in color, the aromas of this pure yet voluptuous Pinot Noir set the stage with blueberries, black raspberry and caramel. The palate is precise yet supple and is brimming with dark red cherry and raspberry, cocoa, anise and sassafras. Silky tannins and caramel linger on the finish."

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