2008 "Californio" Syrah
The name Californio pays tribute to the early California settlers, or Californios, who brought Old
World sophistication and elegance to the western shores of the New World. As decedents of the
early Californios, the Hyde and de Villaine families strive to produce a Syrah that highlights one
of California’s premier growing sites, Hyde Vineyard, while embodying the elegance of the
families’ Old World heritage.
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
The dark ruby wine expresses intense aromas of blackberry, cinnamon and white pepper.
These powerful scents proceed to a mouth feel of opulent fruit and elegant spices. The
lingering, supple tannins are accompanied by concentrated, powerful flavors of dark red fruit
and sweet spice. Given some time, our 2008 Californio shows depth, complexity and aging
potential. This wine will reward the table for years to come.