2006 Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Napa-Carneros

Publication

Vinous

Author

Stephen Tanzer

Date

July 2017

Rating

90

Review

Deep yellow-gold. Fully evolved nose offers scents of honey, marzipan and sweet nuts (this was the third bottle Ramey opened and the least evolved of the three). Fat, sweet truffle and toffee flavors are complemented by botrytis suggestions of orange and honey. A bit aggressive on the end and past its peak.

Publication

California Wine Advisors

Date

July 2014

Rating

97 pts - Classic

Review

Ripe apricot, white peach, honeysuckle and hazelnut waft from the glass while the palate offers a crescendo of creamy richness and underlying finesse with utmost elegance after almost 8 years of aging. The finishing interplay of floral, golden fruit, macadamia nut oil, and mineral nuances will keep you occupied for an oh-so enjoyable happy hour or meal featuring seafood with creamy French sauces. Pair with Camembert or Brillat Savarin cheese (or white truffles) for a mindbending culinary thrill. Click here for more information.

Publication

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Author

Josh Raynolds

Date

May/June 2008

Rating

94

Review

Yellow-gold. Stunningly nuanced aromas of smoky lemon, lime, poached pear, licorice and iodine complicated by dusty talc and white flowers. Impressively chewy and deeply concentrated, offering strong citrus and orchard fruit flavors underscored by smoky minerals and succulent herbs. This extremely complex wine has the concentration and balance to reward patience.

Publication

Wine Spectator

Author

James Laube

Date

Dec. 31, 2008-Jan. 15, 2009

Rating

94

Review

A lovely integration of seductive smoky vanilla oak with vibrant peach- and pear-laced fruit enlivened by zingy acidity. A full-blown yet elegant and delicious Chardonnay. Drink now through 2011. 2,550 cases made.

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Robert Parker

Date

December 1, 2008

Rating

93

Review

The three single vineyard Chardonnays are all from top sites, the Hudson and Hyde vineyards in Carneros, and the Russian River's Ritchie Vineyard. My favorite of this trio is the 2006 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard. It reveals gorgeous acidity, more tropical fruit, nectarine, and orange blossom characteristics, a greenish hue to its color (always a good sign), and long, full-bodied flavors.