2005 Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Napa-Carneros

Publication

Vinous

Author

Stephen Tanzer

Date

July 2017

Rating

94

Review

Bright yellow with a gold tinge; much healthier color than the 2006. Fresher on the nose as well, offering a sexy Burgundian funkiness to its aromas of truffle, clove, oatmeal, biscuit and caramel. Silky and full in the mouth, showing surprising mineral energy and soft citrus lift. Ripe acidity is perfectly integrated. Finishes with a touch of phenolics and excellent length. Ultimately higher-pitched than the nose suggests, and still full of life. Ramey told me that he has always liked this cooler vintage.

Publication

The Corkscrewer Report

Author

Johannes Marlena and Ryan Koczara

Date

November 2015

Rating

96

Review

David (Ramey) surprised us with a library wine, to demonstrate the aging potential of his Chardonnays. Like Burgundy whites, David says his Chardonnays can age 10-20 years, with 10 years’ wait time his personal preference. With age: visually, a gorgeous gold color; texturally, creaminess and a syrupy quality; aromatically, biscuits and almond and hazelnut. Citrus flavors, butterscotch and mild oak flow caressingly over the palate. Like Charlize Theron or John Stamos, this is wine that ages incredibly well.

Publication

Vinous

Author

Antonio Galloni

Date

February 2015

Rating

92

Review

Now fully mature, the 2005 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is a bit more evolved than the 2005 Ritchie Chardonnay tasted alongside it. Rich, honeyed and voluptuous on the palate, the 2005 Hyde is quite overt and opulent. Honey, sweet spices, orange peel, mint and wild flowers are laced into the super-expressive, resonant finish.

Publication

Robert M. Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

Author

Robert Parker

Date

December 1, 2007

Rating

95

Review

A stunning effort, the 2005 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard boasts great intensity along with huge tropical fruit notes interwoven with notions of spring flowers, orange marmalade, white peaches, and steely minerals. Its abundant fruit conceals any evidence of wood. Well-delineated, with outstanding acidity as well as a layered, sumptuous finish, it should age nicely for 4-5 years, possibly longer.

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.