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Date Printed: 8/28/2014
Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2008
Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 111159)
collectible wine
boutique wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Located in gently rolling terrain north of Carneros Highway, the soils are quite heavy clay. Vine selection is 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.
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About Ramey:

Following winemaking posts at Rudd, Dominus, Chalk Hill and Matanzas Creek, David Ramey and his wife, Carla began their own label in 1996 - a Chardonnay from the Hyde Vineyard. Now situated in downtown Healdsburg, Ramey Wine Cellars draws on exceptional vineyards in both Napa and Sonoma to fashion classically-styled Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay using traditional old world techniques.