2008 Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Napa-Carneros

Publication

Vinous

Author

Stephen Tanzer

Date

July 2017

Rating

91

Review

Pale, bright yellow. Shows less aromatic lift and primary fruit on the nose than the 2009, offering musky scents of marzipan, nuts, oatmeal, clove and smoke. Richer and creamier than the 2009, in a distinctly fatter style, displaying a hint of caramel but not the primary fruit character of the '09. Finishes with a slightly dry, phenolic edge. This wine does not have the balance of the superb '09. Ramey told me he picked during a ten-day heat wave and that, with labor short, it was a logistical nightmare. He acidified the '08 by an average of 1.7 grams per liter.

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Josh Raynolds

Date

May/June 2011

Rating

95

Review

Bright gold. Energetic aromas of green apple, jasmine, minerals and lemon zest. Dry and nervy, with brisk acidity and a saline nuance giving energy and lift to its citrus and orchard fruit flavors. Vibrant and impressively pure chardonnay, finishing spicy, long and dry, with an intriguing floral quality.

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Robert Parker

Date

February 28, 2011

Rating

93

Review

The 2008 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard reveals a fragrant bouquet of caramelized citrus, tropical fruits and subtle smoke as well as medium to full-bodied flavors, good acidity and a crisp mouthfeel. Drink it over the next 4-6 years.

Publication

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

Date

May 1, 2011

Rating

91

Review

Sweet oak once again plays a prominent role here, and, while it is underlain by lots of well-defined fruit, it is at the moment just a bit ahead of everything. The wine, however, is very deep and very well-balanced, and it is simply too young to drink now. It shows fine concentration and length, and it never once loses its fruity bearings. It has the kind of concentration that we look for in genuinely ageworthy wines, and it promises great things if allowed to rest for a couple of years.

Publication

California Grapevine

Date

April-May 2011

Rating

90

Review

Medium-light golden yellow color; attractive, forward, intense, pear and baked apple aroma with hints of citrus, butterscotch, and tropical fruit; full body; forward, rich, crisp, citrusy, green apple flavors with good depth and showing some complexity; well balanced and firmly structured; lingering aftertaste. Fruit and oak are well proportioned and nicely balanced. Very highly recommended.