Ramey 2016 Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay

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The 2016 Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay is predominantly old Wente with some Robert Young—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. This elegant and fruit-driven wine is produced using whole cluster pressing for phenolic delicacy, native yeast, and full native malolactic fermentation in barrel with sur lies bâtonnage.

Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Carneros AVA, Napa side
Aging: 20 months, French oak, 20% new
Winemaker: David Ramey

95 Points, "Highly Recommended", #7 on Top 100 Wines of 2019 - Wine Spectator
"Precise and powerfully structured, with intense Asian pear, apple and ripe citrus flavors that feature rich, savory notes. Displays concentrated minerality on the spicy and textured finish. Should blossom in the cellar. Best from 2021 through 2025. 1,256 cases made." -KM, 6/30/19

95 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"This producer's blocks were planted in 1991 and 1997 to field selections of both Wente and Robert Young clones. Juicy, tight and tension-filled, it is both complex and high-toned in approach, with looming acidity that freshens in tart lemon-peel, grapefruit and tangerine flavors—a classic and elegant wine." -VB, 11/1/19

94 Points - Vinous
"The 2016 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is a gorgeous wine that captures all the personality of this historic Carneros site. Ample, resonant and inviting, the 2016 offers baked apple, white peach, mint, chamomile and lemon peel notes in a super-attractive Chardonnay." -AG, May/2019

93+ Points - Wine Advocate
"The 2016 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard comes from blocks of the Hyde vineyard planted in 1991 and 1997. Grapes are fermented in barrel with bâtonnage, then aged in 22% new French oak for 20 months. It has a wonderfully mineral-driven nose of pulverized stone with notions of Greek yogurt, lime peel and spring blossoms plus a soft peachy undertone and toasty suggestion. The palate is medium to full-bodied with flavor layers flooding the mouth: ripe citrus, cream and roasted almonds, finishing long, lively and minerally with great juicy acidity. 1,256 cases produced, to be released in June 2019." -EB, 4/30/19


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