97pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2019 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is age-worthy and expressive—the aromatic intensity is turned up and flavors are notably pure and in focus. It unfolds scents of lemon oil, Greek yogurt, petrichor, flint and underlying wafts of cheese rind as it spends time in the glass. The palate is youthfully taut, displaying the saline and tanginess characteristic of youthful Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay—this will require plenty of time to unwind in bottle.
95pts Wine Spectator
Powerful and sleek up front, showing Honeycrisp apple, lemon blossom, Asian pear and Sumo orange flavors that are bright, fresh and heightened by crisp acidity. Delivers sea salt, white tea and nutmeg details on the finish, with a touch of fresh lemon thyme for aromatic flair. Drink now.
95pts Jeb Dunnuck
The 2019 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard offers inviting notes of ripe pear, toasted brioche, and flinty reduction. The palate is structured and fresh, with melon, stone fruits, and delicate baking spice.
Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay was the first wine produced under the Ramey Wine Cellars label. Hyde Vineyard is on the Napa side of the Carneros District. Summer temperatures are kept relatively cool by marine air flowing through the Petaluma Gap. Ancient creek beds provide drainage and add a scattering of rocks.