2019 Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay

2019 Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay

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Located in Carneros, the Hyde Vineyard is cooled by marine air that flows through the Petaluma Gap. According to the winery, 80% of the 2019 vintage is Old Wente field selection (planted 1997 and 1999) and 20% is from a selection of Calera that Larry Hyde chose himself (planted 2014). Chardonnay produced from the Wente clone is often more Burgundian in character, without the tropical fruit tones of some California Chardonnays. 2019 was an excellent vintage in the Napa Valley with moderate temperatures and no heat events. The fruit quality was high, with well-preserved acids. This wine seduces with delicate citrus and stone fruit and a lingering, juicy finish. 

Winery


Winery Description

If there has been a movement in California away from buttery, tropical-sweet Chardonnay and over-ripe, high-octane  Cabernet, surely one of the leaders is David Ramey. Located in picturesque Healdsburg, Ramey Cellars is a craft-winery that produces startlingly fresh and balanced Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from vineyards in Sonoma County and Napa Valley. Many of Ramey’s wines express the terroir of single vineyards while others are specific to such appellations as the Sonoma Coast or Russian River Valley. With his master’s degree in enology from UC Davis, one might have expected Ramey’s wines to be faultless and squeeky-clean; however, an early internship at Chateau Petrus imbued him with the belief that wines should be restrained, balanced and crafted to accompany food. This combination of the empirical and the romantic (along with almost 20 years of experience at such wineries as Simi, Matanzas Creek and Dominus) has led him to experiment with indigenous yeasts and malolactic and barrel fermentation in search of a new California style. This style seeks to tame the naturally luscious and vivacious fruit of California with the traditional techniques of the Old World. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, novelist (and wine geek) Jay McInerny has described “his Chardonnays just a little more voluptuous than the average Puligny-Montrachet, his cabs less tannic than the typical Médoc.”

About this Wine


Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Napa Valley
Sub-Ava Los Carneros
Winery Ramey
Vintage 2019
Color White
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.0 x 30.0
Case Size 34.5 x 26.0 x 30.0
Alcohol 14.5%
Product Code RM19HC
UPC 185983000091
MLF 100%

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

95 points – Decanter. 

This is a luscious, richly-flavored, and full-bodied Chardonnay. Aromas of ripe pears and white peach and open up to a palate of citrus and pear. A mineral spine and fresh acidity remain palpable throughout the long finish. 

Production


Vinification

Whole-cluster pressed and primary and secondary fermentation in French oak on natural yeasts. The wine aged for 20 months in 20% new French oak and was bottled without filtration. 

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