Winemaker Notes Aromas of licorice, floral characteristics and subtle hints of white pepper layer the nose of the 2008 Syrah. The juicy finish coats the palate with flavors of sweet black fruits and coffee, followed by fine grain tannins and an elegant, silky length.
Winemaking Data Grapes were harvested at an average 24.6° Brix, fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged 18 months in a combination of new French oak barrels (50%) and two-year-old French oak (50%) from coopers Ermitage, François Frères, Sirugue and Saint Martin. The wine was bottled unfiltered in June 2010.
The 2008 growing season began with lower than normal rainfall for the second year in a row, and the longest cold and frosty spring ever recorded since 1971. May brought unusually high temperatures in the midst of bloom during the latter part of the month. Such drastic weather changes lead to imbalances in the vine, especially at this important time in the life cycle, prompting flower fertilization to cease prematurely. Surprisingly this was a blessing in disguise leading to looser and lighter cluster formation and lowering overall yield in the Hyde Syrah.
This natural thinning allowed adequate airflow within the clusters during maturation and also nicely balanced out the crop load on each vine. June, July and August proved to be months with consistently warm temperatures and led to even and healthy vine development.
The overall heat accumulation for September and October was much higher than our 19-year average by 7 to 17 percent, respectively.
90 Points - James Laube, Wine Spectator
A subtle style that offers a complex mix of beefy, savored dried berry, herb, sage and iron. Full bodied, elegant and balanced, ending with a long, spicy finish. (Mar. 2011)
90 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
This venerable winery has turned out a 2008 Syrah boasting a dense purple color as well as aromas of beef blood, graphite, black fruits and lavender. Medium to full-bodied, elegant but substantial, this serious Syrah possesses relatively sweet tannins as well as a long finish. (Dec. 2010)
91-92 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good ruby-red. Higher-pitched on the nose than the 2007, showing blackberry and licorice aromas lifted by a floral quality. Sweet and perfumed in the mouth; less full than the 2007 but with a more pronounced aromatic character and clearer early varietal personality. Yes, this is juicy but the black fruit flavors are also plenty tactile. The wine's fine tannins spread out to saturate the palate on the perfumed finish. (May/June 2010)
Blend and Grape Sources 100% Napa Valley Syrah from the Hyde Vineyard.
Appellation Napa Valley
Harvest Dates September 22, 2008
Aging/Cooperage 18 months in a combination of new French oak barrels (50%) and two-year-old French oak (50%) from coopers Ermitage, François Frères, Sirugue and Saint Martin.