2009 Belle Cousine

Entering the third year of a drought, the 2009 winter was dry at Hyde Vineyard
until unexpected rains in early spring. Bud break was later than usual avoiding
any risk of frost damage; persistently mild weather created a long, slow ripening
vintage leading to wines of balance and deft concentration.

A pure and intense nose displays fresh blueberry, spices and crushed stone
aromas. The minerality is striking in harmony with soft, elegant tannins. On the
palate, the wine is juxtaposed with a restrained power typical of Hyde Vineyard
Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Red and blue fruit are carried by freshness to a
long delicate finale. A perfect table addition, it will reward for 15 to 20 years to


  • Region: Napa Valley
  • Appellation: Los Carneros
  • Vineyard: Hyde Vineyard
  • Age of vines: 23 years
  • Geography: Eastern edge of the Carneros District
  • Exposure: South by southeast
  • Soil: Shallow loam over clay hardpan
  • Acreage: 5.57 acres
  • Production: 728 cases (9L)
  • Harvest dates: October 7th & 26th, 2008
  • Bottling date: May 19th, 2011
  • Oak: 20% new French oak
  • Months in Barrel: 19 months
  • Filtering: Unfined & Unfiltered
  • Varietals: Merlot (52%) & Cabernet Sauvignon (48%)
  • Retail: $60