Dark and concentrated with aromas of blackberry, black currant, ripe fig, cocoa, and tobacco leaves. Pure complexity, vibrant, and focus with layers of lush dark fruit, the finish is juicy and succulent, the refine young tannins ensure long healthy aging.
This was a cooler year with abundant rain in February followed by endless sunny days which produced bud break in the first and second week of March. The mild temperatures allowed for slow ripening-perhaps the longest duration we’ve had in a long time. This factor helped encourage even cluster development, strong yields, complex flavors, high acidity and excellent quality that will help contribute to the longevity of this vintage.
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Merlot Larry Hyde has a beautifully evocative nose of kirsch, ripe black plums and black raspberries, plus hints of violets, fallen leaves and cinnamon stick. Medium to full-bodied, with fantastic freshness and tons of energetic black and red berry flavors, it finishes long and mineral laced.