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2009 Patz & Hall Wine Company Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard Carneros
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About Patz & Hall Wine Company

Patz and Hall grew out of James Hall and Donald Patz's friendship, formed during their time working together at Flora Springs Winery. The two shared a passion for rich, traditionally produced wines from Burgundy varietals, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. When they teamed up with Anne Moses and Heather Patz in 1988, their dreams of...

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2009 Patz & Hall Wine Company Pinot Noir Hyde Vineyard Carneros

Producer: Patz & Hall Wine Company
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Pinot Noir
Origin: California
Region: Other California
Appellation: Carneros

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91(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2011

(14.2% alcohol):  Bright ruby.  Complex nose melds black cherry, minerals and menthol.  Juicy and tightly wound, conveying an impression of medicinal reserve to its mineral and rose petal flavors.  Densely packed and sharply focused, but firm acidity is keeping the wine's fruit under wraps.  This extremely young wine finishes with serious tannins and good drive.  I'd hold it for four years.  Winemaker Hall notes that this has the lowest pH among his 2009 pinots, at 3.5.  While he describes the 2009 pinots as generally plush and big, this one stands out for its nervy character today.

91 Points | Wine Spectator

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About Carneros

Carneros straddles the borders of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys on the north coast of San Pablo Bay. This appellation has thin soils and receives little rainfall. As the sun heats up the vineyards and mountainsides of Napa Valley to the north, the rising hot air draws cool air and fog over Carneros from the ba
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Pinot Noir

Adored by critics, prized by collectors, Pinot Noir is one of most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. For many wine enthusiasts, this is part of the appeal of Pinot -- it doesn't reveal its charms easily. Pinot Noir's virtue also stems from the unique characteristics of the grape. The skins are especially delicate, which accounts for the lighter color and body of finished wine. But, despite the delicacy, the best wines have excellent backbone and...
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