2008 Belle Cousine (Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon)
The 2008 growing season was marked by extremes. We experienced the coldest spring
since 1970 with 27 days of frost protection in April. Fortunately, Hyde Vineyard’s
proximity to the San Pablo Bay diminished the impact of cold weather on the vineyard
fruit. This vintage was also the second year of a drought that led to smaller clusters and
berries bringing an intensified concentration.
The nose emanates intense and complex aromas of spice, black cherry, red fruits, sweet
vanilla as well as an earth driven character. Soft mineral tannins accompany the black
cherry core through the mid-palate onto a long, clean finish. Ultimately, the persistent
length accompanied by purity and elegance defines the 2008 HdV Belle Cousine. It
should continue to improve for another 15 years.