2009 Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Napa-Carneros

Publication

Vinous

Author

Stephen Tanzer

Date

July 2017

Rating

94

Review

Pale, bright yellow. Aromatically complex, vibrant scents of lemon, ripe peach, smoke and flinty minerality. Penetrating on the palate and cooler than the nose suggests, offering a captivating combination of stone fruit sweetness and lemony briskness, supported by iodiney minerality. Musky, fine-grained, concentrated wine, still with a bit of oak and acidity to absorb.

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Josh Raynolds

Date

May/June 2012

Rating

93

Review

Bright gold. Intensely perfumed aromas of orange pith, pear and anise, with slow-building spiciness and a touch of salty minerality. Vibrant, finely etched citrus and orchard fruit flavors expand and deepen with air, picking up a sexy florality. The brisk finish features a strong jolt of melon and a touch of iodine.

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Antonio Galloni

Date

February 28, 2012

Rating

92

Review

The 2009 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is another of the wines that emphasizes textural depth and body. This is a relatively plush, rich Chardonnay endowed with considerable volume in its apricot and tangerine fruit. The aromas and flavors move towards the more tropical end of the spectrum, but without fully reaching that level of exoticness. Readers who appreciate a more full-bodied style of Chardonnay will love the Hyde. I especially like the way the wine turns delicate with time in the glass. Drink: 2012-2019.

Publication

Wine Spectator

Author

James Laube

Date

July 31, 2012

Rating

90

Review

This fragrant, delicate white features floral scents that lead to flavors of white peach, nectarine and honeysuckle. Refined and elegant, in a pleasing, deliberate style. Drink now through 2018.

Publication

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

Date

January 1, 2013

Rating

95

Review

Born from grapes grown in one of the most acclaimed sites in Carneros and showing the fruity depth, the careful construction and the polish that only comes in outstanding years and from an accomplished hand, Ramey's Hyde bottling is a many-layered Chardonnay of great verve and vitality. Its neatly trim adjuncts of sweet oak never threaten to upstage the bright and slightly blossomy young fruit that runs its length, and subtle minerally accents lend a twist of real complexity. It, too, is a wine best left to aging, and there seems little question but that it will continue to grow for many years.