Silky and focused with layers of wild strawberry, boysenberry, lavender, sweet oak, and black pepper. The entry is filled with intense cherry flavors, and ripe plum, followed by dried herb notes, the tannins are supple and coated with lively acid.
The season began as one of the coldest we have seen with 22 nights of below-freezing weather between February and May 2020, causing some damage to the new buds. Soils remained dry from drought and lack of rain. The majority of our spring rain came in mid-May, when the clusters were flowering, and caused some shatter, reducing the crop size. The remaining growing season was mild and the weather was ideal. With harvest on the horizon, we experienced multiple days of severe heat, with temperatures in Carneros reaching well over 100 degrees and causing major crop loss. Hyde Vineyards was not impacted by the fires and the crop was all harvested prior to their occurrence. This vintage was challenging from multiple angles, but the resulting wines show great concentration and are reminiscent of the 2015 and 2017 vintages.