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RAMEY HYDE VINEYARD CHARDONNAY 2008 RAMEY HYDE VINEYARD CHARDONNAY 2008

David Ramey aims to make classic wines that show the characteristics of their region. From cool sites with low vigour soil, they benefit from some new. Frequently recognised as some of California's best Chardonnay, the Hyde Vineyard wine is elegant and floral with great power, length and exquisite balance.

93 Points from Robert Parker

VINEYARD
Located in gently rolling terrain north of Carneros Highway, the soils are quite heavy clay. Vine clones are old Wente, Robert Young and Long Vineyards - each a Wente selection themselves - ranging in age from 10 to 29 years old. The Wente is marked by very small grape clusters, with small berries, and the so-called "hen-and-chick" -- large and small berries within the same cluster. The Wente produces a classic, Burgundian-style wine without the tropical fruit tones of some California Chardonnays. The Long Vineyards selection adds a floral note, and the Hyde Vineyard wines often seem charming and feminine. High natural acidity plays a prominent role.

GRAPE VARIETIES
100% Chardonnay

VINIFICATION
Each wine in David Ramey's portfolio are made identically so that the differences between them show the effects of site, or terroir, and region. All the Chardonnays are whole-cluster pressed, fermented in Burgundian barrels with native yeast and bottled without filtration.

TASTING NOTE
Bright gold in colour, the Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2008 has energetic aromas of green apple, jasmine, minerals and lemon zest. Dry and nervy, with brisk acidity and a saline nuance giving energy and lift to its citrus and orchard fruit flavors. Vibrant and impressively pure chardonnay, finishing spicy, long and dry, with an intriguing floral quality.

CLOSURE:    Cork

ALCOHOL:    14.5% (10.9 units per bottle)




Per Bottle 44.50

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