2012 Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Napa-Carneros

Publication

Vinous

Author

Stephen Tanzer

Date

July 2017

Rating

94+

Review

Pale, bright yellow. Discreet scents of lemon, clove and minerals. Slightly richer in the mouth than the 2013 but also comes across as bone-dry, with the lemon curd and mineral flavors displaying lovely precision and subtle oakiness. An impeccably balanced Chardonnay but today the wine's fruit is quite restrained. This youthfully imploded Chardonnay will need a few more years in bottle to approach its peak and should also age very well.

Publication

KensWineGuide.com

Author

Ken Hoggins

Date

July 2015

Rating

96

Review

This light yellow colored Chardonnay from Carneros is very good. It opens with a pleasant lemon and oak bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, slightly acidic and nicely coats the mouth. The flavor profile is a pear and vanilla oak blend with notes of butter scotch and a hint of lemon. The finish is dry and its flavors linger and last for a while. This Chardonnay is pretty refined. Its elevated acidity is the only thing holding it back from the next level. That said this is a top tier Chard that would pair well with chicken piccata. Enjoy - Ken

Publication

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

Author

Charles Olken & Stephen Eliot

Date

January 2016

Rating

White Wine of the Year

Review

White Wines Of The Year 2015

RAMEY Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard Carneros 2012 and RAM’S GATE Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard Carneros 2013 Larry Hyde’s meticulously farmed vineyard in Carneros was the source of both of our two white-wine picks of the bunch for 2015. They are extraordinarily well-crafted Chardonnays from perennially high-scoring producers, and they remind just how significant a great site can be. 

Publication

Wine Spectator

Author

James Laube

Date

July 31, 2015

Rating

91

Review

Clean, fresh and lively, with juicy pear, citrus and green apple flavors, shaded by spicy, toasty oak, all presented in a smooth, seamless style that keeps the fruit at the forefront. Drink now through 2019. 1,212 cases made. –JL

Publication

California Grapevine

Author

Nick Ponomareff

Date

May 2015

Rating

93

Review

Medium-light golden yellow; attractive, forward, intense, apple and spiced pear aroma with notes of vanilla and stony minerality; medium-full body; crisp, deep, lemony, pear and stone fruit flavors with good depth, well integrated oak, and supported by bright acidity; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended.