Ramey Wine Cellars Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2013

$59.99

Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay is consistently one of California's finest Chardonnays. Second-tier doesn't cut it for Ramey fruit sources. Larry Hyde's gem of a property has been recognized on labels from Marcassin, Paul Hobbs and Kistler.  Unbelievably nuanced for a full-throttle Chardonnay, this balances California flair with restraint and grip. 93 Points Robert Parker: "The Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard offers subtle honeyed peach, pineapple and passion fruit notes with touches of baking bread and cashews. The palate delivers the goods, packed with rich tropical fruit characters and a toasty/cedary undercurrent, framed by lively acidity and finishing long, with some spices coming through." 93 Points Antonio Galloni (Vinous):  "Bright, light yellow. Brisk, racy aromas of lemon curd, anise and minerals. Still tightly wound and a bit oaky but already shows a lovely combination of lemony lift, glyceral texture and butterscotch richness."  

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Following winemaking posts at Rudd, Dominus, Chalk Hill and Matanzas Creek, David Ramey and his wife, Carla began their own label in 1996, a Chardonnay from the Hyde vineyard. Hyde, in my opinion is their best Chardonnay. Aromas of ripe stone fruits with citrus notes and subtle oak. On the palate complex flavors of apple and peach flavors, crisp oak, well balanced lingering finish ending with slight mineral notes. Drinking well now, should improve over next few years.

Following winemaking posts at Rudd, Dominus, Chalk Hill and Matanzas Creek, David Ramey and his wife, Carla began their own label in 1996, a Chardonnay from the Hyde vineyard. Hyde, in my opinion is their best Chardonnay. Aromas of ripe stone fruits with citrus notes and subtle oak. On the palate complex flavors of apple and peach flavors, crisp oak, well balanced lingering finish ending with slight mineral notes. Drinking well now, should improve over next few years.

9.5

Marc Melser

We had this on 11/4-5/17. An excellent Chardonnay with tastes of tropical fruit, Meyer lemon, and a touch of vanilla and oak. Smooth finish with no bite.

We had this on 11/4-5/17. An excellent Chardonnay with tastes of tropical fruit, Meyer lemon, and a touch of vanilla and oak. Smooth finish with no bite.

9.3

Tierney H

Lovely creamy chard, from berry bros & rudd hk

Lovely creamy chard, from berry bros & rudd hk

9.3

Darren Kim

Nice balanced acidity with orange peel citrus. More acid and minerality than other Ramey vintages. The fruit ripeness has been dialed down a bit to create a more hybrid chard with both new and old world refinement. Finish is a little muddy. It's not as complex as other Ramey chards I've had but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Nice balanced acidity with orange peel citrus. More acid and minerality than other Ramey vintages. The fruit ripeness has been dialed down a bit to create a more hybrid chard with both new and old world refinement. Finish is a little muddy. It's not as complex as other Ramey chards I've had but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

9.1

Maria James

What a beautiful Chardonnay. Well balanced. Smooth to the palate. Essence of apricots, vanilla and pineapple. This chard was paired with sweet lobster, shrimp, oysters and scallops.

What a beautiful Chardonnay. Well balanced. Smooth to the palate. Essence of apricots, vanilla and pineapple. This chard was paired with sweet lobster, shrimp, oysters and scallops.

9.7

Russell Stoner

Martinelli fruit. Big bold Cali chard but with good acidity to balance

Martinelli fruit. Big bold Cali chard but with good acidity to balance

9.1

Jason Gaffner

Hyde + Good winemaking = Always a winner

Hyde + Good winemaking = Always a winner

9.5

Jason Gaffner

Yes please

Yes please

9.5

Ryan Johnson

Sharp and focused, this is going to be good for years to come!

Sharp and focused, this is going to be good for years to come!

9.5

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