2018 Chardonnay, Hyde Vineyard, Napa-Carneros
Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay was the first wine produced under the Ramey Wine Cellars label. Hyde wines are charming and feminine, with high natural acidity playing a prominent role. The Ramey block of Chardonnay was planted in 1997 and 1999.
The 2018 season was exemplary. Higher cluster counts than the low yielding years of 2015-2017, coupled with cooler late summer temperatures, brought longer hang times with harvest dates up to two weeks later than the previous vintage.
Harvest Date: September 6
We press whole grape clusters for phenolic delicacy. Native yeast and full native malolactic fermentation take place in barrel, with sur lies bâtonnage.
After aging 20 months in 25% new François Frères and Taransaud Beaune French oak barrels, the Chardonnay was traditionally fined for clarity and texture and bottled without filtration.