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 Vintage2010 Label 1 of 21 
ProducerRhys (web)
VineyardAlpine Vineyard
SubRegionSan Francisco Bay
AppellationSanta Cruz Mountains

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2020 (based on 9 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.2 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 55 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by domco on 6/8/2015: Interesting to compare this to the '10 Horseshoe side by side tonight. For me, I find the 'shoe more my style. The Alpine has a bit less citrus, a bit fuller. (1936 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 6/5/2015 & rated 88 points: Solid and enjoyable, showing restraint and a light oak treatment... but this lacked lift for me. Seems as this could have benefited from more acids and crispness. Perhaps this was better a few years ago? (1609 views)
 Tasted by Screameagle on 5/3/2015 & rated 93 points: Starts with an amazing nose. Beautiful mouth feel almost "steely". So good now it will be hard to keep my hands off my last bottle. Rhys certainly knows how to make awesome chardonnay. This bottle proves it. (1954 views)
 Tasted by Sennma on 4/16/2015: Listed as 13.2% alcohol. The nose is a basket of ripe tropical fruits that have been sitting in the sun (pineapple, mango, etc.). Very Cali instyle but solid, very rich. Not sure I could drink more than a glass of this. (2214 views)
 Tasted by gblacave on 4/13/2015 & rated 88 points: Nice fruit on the nose and palate, round texture, but lacking lift and depth to separate it from the heard of Cali Chard. Ok, not great. (2269 views)
 Tasted by dougsmith on 3/3/2015 & rated 92 points: Medium lemon color. Fragrant nose of lemon curd, green apple, and smoky spice. Full bodied on the palate with lots of presence and grip, and a long finish. (2554 views)
 Tasted by Uglypinga on 3/1/2015: Great stuff! Nose of like pit and yellow orchard fruits. The palate is fairly dense and packed with yellow fruit goodness. Theres a hint of oak that adds rather than detract to the complexity. Really good. (1829 views)
 Tasted by Nanda on 2/8/2015 & rated 94 points: Enjoyed this over two days. Note from day two. Big concentrated nose has honeyed apples and tropical fruit over crushed rocks. Palate has round rich fruit and piercing bright acidity. Great contrast and tension. Good depth of flavor that largely echoes the nose though a bit less tropical in profile. Fresh, lime and crushed rock finish. Grand Cru quality. (2050 views)
 Tasted by Diane (LI) on 1/14/2015: Brought to Betony. Hints of butterscotch, pears, and citrus. Very pretty. (2416 views)
 Tasted by silton on 12/31/2014 & rated 95 points: Brilliant, crystal clean beams of lemony minerals and yellow delicious toast and butterscotch chalk. A WOTY candidate. (2292 views)
 Tasted by CORoots13 on 12/14/2014 & rated 94 points: Great new world expression. The fact that it wasn't a "text book" CA chard is what I appreciated most about it. It was balanced squarely between CA weighty oak and French intense minerality. Lots of depth and complexity. Lemon curd, floral honey scented stone fruit, caramel and pollen. Very expressive nose, lush texture and a lingering finish. I would pair with a seafood dish with a balance of richness and acidity (Seared scallops with citrus vinaigrette).
9-18-9-8 (2258 views)
 Tasted by Matt T on 11/16/2014 & rated 92 points: Extremely complex. Floral, petrol, and butter notes. Nicely evolved over the course of an hour. (2276 views)
 Tasted by Frank Murray III on 10/11/2014: Rhys Tasting With The Gang (My House): Opened and poured in prep for the Rhys dinner here at the house tonight. Perfect chill, right stem. There is a distinct pineapple note here, along with a light coconut. The lime skin note adds the zip of acidity and I can sense this is going to be pretty fruit focused and sexy in tone style. Will retaste later in about 3 hours...this seemed to show the oak more over dinner, with the coconut and vanilla barrel tones, which also adds a creaminess. Good acidity, just a fatter feel. We tasted this next to the 2010 Horseshoe chard, which I preferred very much over this Alpine. In the end, as just one Rhys drinker, I wish the oak on this wine would get pulled back. (2589 views)
 Tasted by bonedoc on 9/23/2014: Lemon curd, chalk and some creaminess. To my palate minimal oak or malo detected, I would say rather a Burgundian, restrained in style for a Cali chard. Good, not great now, I bet this will be better in 3-4yrs or more. Tough sell to pay $70 for the possibility of delayed gratification. 92+? (2382 views)
 Tasted by HowardNZ on 7/19/2014: 2007 Burgundies for Brodie and Raz (Wellington, New Zealand): Pale gold. A rich, ripe bouquet of vanilla bean, almonds, lemon, pear and some lactic aromas. The toasty oak component is quite obvious here. This is hedonistic, with more weight and less complexity and focus than the Combettes. It was a primary, large scaled Chardonnay with plenty of fruit, that was suggested as being a bit too broad and lacking acid. I put this down to the youth of the wine, which might develop more detail and nuance once it sheds its baby fat. (2378 views)
 Tasted by KeithAkers on 7/18/2014 & rated 91 points: An Epic Night of Rhys (Sun Wah BBQ, Chicago IL): Nose: The nose is certainly on the tighter side and it takes several passes to get the tones of red apples, pears, marshmallows, white fruits, and some papaya. There is excellent depth that shows through the tightness.

Taste: Medium/full bodied with tart medium/high acidity. There is a sharpness to the acidity that is a bit overpowering with red apples, pears, white fruits, and some papaya notes.

Overall: This is most certainly on the young side. There are some excellent raw materials here and it needs time to fully show itself. (2259 views)
 Tasted by Nanda on 7/18/2014: Quiet and tight nose. Palate is full bodied with tons of unevolved stuffing. Rich white fruit, toast, racy acidity all there but not yet in harmony. With air the piece parts start to come together and even better with food. But overall needs time and patience. (1825 views)
 Tasted by egh on 7/3/2014 & rated 93 points: Offers plenty of power, weight, concentration, and richness, but the wine's impressive balance, vibrancy, delineation, complexity, and judicious oak treatment/signature prevents it from ever coming across as ponderous or overwrought. As for the aromatic and flavor profile, I detected notions of lemon curd, pineapple, tangerine oil, honeysuckle, roasted nuts, and a kiss of creamy oak/vanilla bean. Dinner at Piccolo. (2046 views)
 Tasted by Brsed on 6/8/2014 & rated 94 points: Drank at El Ideas for Emilys' birthday so no formal notes. Tropical flavors with some zest. (2308 views)
 Tasted by cubswinws on 5/1/2014 & rated 92 points: Super nice and crispy with great apple and pear flavors. Nice acidity on finish. (2554 views)
 Tasted by jwsmith on 3/30/2014 & rated 93 points: Really nice perfect balance very burgundy like,.. (2533 views)
 Tasted by Wine Sparty on 3/16/2014 & rated 88 points: Popped and poured with grilled tilapia. Aroma has vanilla and some lemon curd. Taste has a good deal of acidity from lemon, along with a nice complement of minerals. The nose really turned me off on this, but the taste made me like it more. (2650 views)
 Tasted by Grape Stuff on 2/14/2014 & rated 94 points: No formal notes. An absolute stunner of a wine, enjoyed at Passionfish in Pacific Grove with a butter poached lobster dish. Paired perfectly. Just the right touch of oak and butter notes, dominated by a floral potpourri, white peach and overall deft balance, great length, and a delicious effort. (3137 views)
 Tasted by Tree512 on 2/9/2014 & rated 90 points: Perfect for people who want ripe Chardonnay without too much spoof. Combination of honeyed ripe white and tropical fruit with a decent spine. Will likely mature but I doubt it will improve. (2322 views)
 Tasted by pismo45 on 12/22/2013 & rated 93 points: On pouring, I was a little worried as it looked (and seemed on first sip) a little advanced. No problems though as it just got better and better as the meal went on. Beautiful after a couple hours. Both citrus and tropical fruits. Really nice. (2729 views)
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Vinous, California's Central Coast: Better than Ever (Aug 2012)
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Vinous, May/June 2012, IWC Issue #162
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2010 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard

2010 Rhys Alpine Vineyard Chardonnay
Alpine vineyard produces really special Chardonnay and this 2010 is a great example. It is fresh and focused with textbook Alpine aromatics of minerals and ocean spray. This great Chardonnay can be enjoyed anytime but will be best with a few years of age.


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California Wines (Wine Institute of California)

California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

Santa Cruz Mountains

Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association | Wikipedia

Once referred to by wine writers as the Chaine d'Or -- or "golden chain" -- the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA sits above Silicon Valley, running along the craggy range next to the Pacific on some of the prettiest parts of Northern California. The area supports more than 75 wineries, despite being limited by geography and high land prices.

In 1981 the Santa Cruz Mountains Viticultural Appellation became federally recognized, one of the first American viticultural areas to be defined by geophysical and climatic factors. The appellation encompasses the Santa Cruz Mountain range, from Half Moon Bay in the north, to Mount Madonna in the south. The east and west boundaries are defined by elevation, extending down to 800 feet in the east and 400 feet in the west.

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