Wine Review: Domaine Carneros Hyde Vineyard Merlot

Basic Information

Name – Domaine Carneros Hyde Vineyard Merlot

Manufacturer – Domaine Carneros Winery

Vintage – 2014

Region – USA – California – Napa Valley – Carneros

Varietal – Merlot

Pricing –  $68.00

Alcohol – 14.7%

Appearance

This wine is clear with a medium purple color.

Aroma/Nose

The nose is clean with medium intensity aromas. The aromas consist of black fruits such as blackberry and fig along with some spice and oak notes. Stephanie also picked up a Lipton tea powder note which I thought was worth mentioning.

Taste/Palate

The wine is dry with medium acidity and tannins. The body of the wine is on the medium + to full. Lovely notes of black fruits like black currant and blackberry intermingle with a nice spice and toasted oak notes. 

Finish

The finish is long with flavors of oak.

Overall Experience

This Domaine Carneros Hyde Vineyard Merlot was the highlight of the red wine flight! The beautifully blended flavors of this wine resonate from the nose to the taste through the finish which held for a good length of time. We really enjoyed this merlot from Domaine Carneros Winery and would recommend anyone who can get their hands on a bottle.

Pairings

Food – Beef or Lamb

Cigar – Alec Bradley Superstition LFD 1994,  Rocky Patel San Andreas or 601 Red Label Habano

Wine Publication Ratings

N/A

Winemakers Tasting Notes

Exotic dark fruits predominate on the nose with blackberry and boysenberry along with layers of spice including fresh ground nutmeg and brown sugar. The palate features beautiful fruit sweetness, with notes of leather, blackberry compote and black tea. There is plenty of horsepower here, so additional time in your cellar with lead to pleasing results. 194 cases produced. Available only at the winery.

About Domaine Carneros Winery (Source: Domaine Carneros Website)

Founded by the noble family behind Champagne Taittinger, Claude Taittinger’s search for a worthy U.S. counterpart began in the late 1970s. In 1987 he selected a 138-acre parcel in the heart of Carneros, Napa Valley. Wisely selecting Eileen Crane to oversee the development of the winery and vineyards, the team created the quintessential California expression of the Taittinger style in Carneros.

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