2014 Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Napa-Carneros

Publication

Vinous

Author

Stephen Tanzer

Date

July 2017

Rating

93

Review

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. Perhaps a bit less powerful than the 2013 and 2012 bottlings.

Publication

Wine Enthusiast

Author

Virginie Boone

Date

August 2017

Rating

94

Review

This bold, beautiful wine has toasted, oaky undertones that support concentrated layers of apple skin, caramelized crème brûlée and a texture of gritty minerality. Papaya, mango and baked pineapple tug at the palate amidst a strong streak of stone.

Publication

Wine Spectator

Author

James Laube

Date

June 15, 2017

Rating

91

Review

Tight and well-centered on vibrant white peach, nectarine, lime and citrus themes, ending clean and lively, showing just a hint of oak. A good candidate for short-term cellaring. Drink now through 2021.

Publication

Vinous

Author

Antonio Galloni

Date

March 2017

Rating

92

Review

One of flagships in David Ramey's range, the 2014 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is also one of the creamier, richer wines in this range. Stone fruit, mint, butter and light French oak notes give the wine its voluptuous, racy personality and oily feel. There is plenty of freshness and nuance to play off the fruit. As with all of these wines, though, the Hyde is less exuberant than in the past.

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW

Date

March 2017

Rating

93

Review

A little closed at this youthful stage, 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.