Wine Review: HDV Belle Cousine 2006, Napa Valley Wine
There are so many small production wines these days, it takes a bit more than ‘boutique small producer’ in the description of a wine to impress us and the consumer. However, with the mention of the names “Hyde” and “Romanee-Conti” our ears are open, add $50 retail price and we are listening…intently.
HDV Belle Cousine is a right bank Bordeaux style blend (mainly Merlot), made in a joint venture by the Hyde Family and Aubert de Villaine. The Hyde family, owners of the Hyde Vineyard, produce some of the highest quality grapes in the Napa Valley used by some of the great wineries including Kistler, Ramey, Paul Hobbs, Robert Mondavi, and Patz & Hall. Aubert de Villaine is one of Burgundies most recognized individuals, serving as the co-director of Domaine Romanee-Conti and owner of A&P de Villaine. Arguably the greatest winery in the world, Domaine Romanee-Conti, produces some of the most premier and highly rated Burgundies each fetching a few hundred dollars a bottle at a minimum.
So with that kind of history, we had high expectations of the HDV Belle Cousine. Inspection of the color shows a dark, brick red with little sediment. The nose opens up with a few swirls displaying dark fruit, sweet spice and vanilla. The aromas are so intense and brilliant, it is one of those wines that you could smell for days. Flavors varied from cherry, spice, and blackberry providing a complex flavor while maintaining some, luscious tannins. The HDV Belle Cousine is a wine that is prepared to be served today but will continue to develop and only get better over the next five years.
Perfect Wine & Food Pairing: Pan Roasted Pork Tenderloin with a Blue Cheese & Olive Stuffing
Decanted: 2.75 out of 3 glasses (Overall), 2.5 out of 3 glasses (For the Price)