Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2018 - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake
Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
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Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2018

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Category White Wine
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Region California, Napa Valley, Carneros
Brand Ramey
Alcohol/vol 13.5%

WINE SPECTATOR # 7 WINE OF THE YEAR 2019

"David Ramey has been a trailblazing California Chardonnay winemaker for nearly four decades, and he tapped one of the top sites of southern Napa to make this classic-rated 2016. Carneros features gently rolling hills and benefits from the cooling influence of marine air from the Pacific; in the vineyard, heavy clay soils limit vine vigor and yields to produce concentrated flavors. This is a well-structured Chardonnay made with classic techniques such as whole-cluster pressing, barrel fermentation and malolactic conversion. It should blossom in the cellar, reflecting Ramey’s winemaking philosophy: less new oak in favor of accentuating vibrant fruit and minerality." WINE SPECTATOR  

Vine selection for Ramey's Hyde Vineyard Chardonnays are predominantly old Wente with some Robert Young (which is itself a Wente selection). The Wente produces a classic, Burgundian-style wine without the tropical fruit tones of some California Chardonnays. Hyde Vineyard wines often seem charming and feminine, with high natural acidity playing a prominent role.


Wine Enthusiast
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This is a stunner from blocks planted in 1997 and 1999. Beautiful aromas of toasted hazelnut and stone lead to a palate that shows undeniable minerality paired with lasting acidity. It shows freshness and energy throughout. Drink 2026-2032.

Virginie Boone, June 1, 2021
Wine Spectator
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Powerful, sleek and well-structured, with rich minerality and savoriness to fresh-cut apple and pear flavors, backed by crackling acidity. Dried mint and sea salt accents linger on the spicy finish, with toasty notes. Best from 2022 through 2027. 905 cases made.

Kim Marcus, June 30, 2021
Wine Advocate
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The 2018 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is reminiscent of a fine Chablis, opening with notes of flint that segue to citrus and soft floral perfume. The palate is tensile and shimmery with racy acidity and mineral undertones. The youthfully shy fruits hint at more gravitas to come with time in bottle. 905 cases were made. Drink Date: 2022-2030.

Erin Brooks, June 3, 2021

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