Ramey Wine Cellars Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

$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 2014 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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Ratings on Delectable

Spencer T. Hess Delectable Pro

2014 Hyde

2014 Hyde

9.2

Eric Bass Delectable Pro

Pale yellow, light floral notes after initial pour, no noticeable oak; light extraction. Quaffable but nothing distinctive. Poor showing from Hyde fruit. A better showing after an hour.

Pale yellow, light floral notes after initial pour, no noticeable oak; light extraction. Quaffable but nothing distinctive. Poor showing from Hyde fruit. A better showing after an hour.

8.8

Cassondra Bird Combs

Just like drinking a melted pot of butter.

Just like drinking a melted pot of butter.

8.6

Lawrence Bernstein

Solid but not a stand out.

Solid but not a stand out.

8.7

Michael Ochsner

Ummmm, wtf is going on with this wine? I have had such great experiences with Ramey in the past, this wine is SOOO oaky. Oak domination aromatics flavor, tannin, yuck. Not often a wine I can’t drink. Maybe I got a weird bottle...

Ummmm, wtf is going on with this wine? I have had such great experiences with Ramey in the past, this wine is SOOO oaky. Oak domination aromatics flavor, tannin, yuck. Not often a wine I can’t drink. Maybe I got a weird bottle...

6.6

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