2005 Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Napa-Carneros
The Corkscrewer Report
Johannes Marlena and Ryan Koczara
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.