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 Vintage2007 Label 1 of 21 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2008 vintage.)
ProducerRhys (web)
VineyardAlpine Vineyard
SubRegionSan Francisco Bay
AppellationSanta Cruz Mountains

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2017 (based on 11 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 92.6 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 60 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by sfwineguy on 7/23/2015 & rated 95 points: Just outstanding at this point. Incredibly rich, well-balanced. I'm trying to avoid the California/Burgundy comparison because they are different wines, but a very good Batard would not outshine it. (616 views)
 Tasted by MikeATL on 6/6/2015 & rated 93 points: Tighter and less flamboyant than the 2005 Jadot Corton-Charlemagne tasted with it, but it more than holds its own. A little smokey bacon on the nose leads to great minerality and subtle complexity, it opened up quite a bit with air and would benefit from decanting Very impressive. (675 views)
 Tasted by dbg on 6/6/2015: ATL offline at Cooks and Soldiers. Light gold color. Intense nose of crisp fruit with smoked bacon, great balance, medium body, nice complex mix of minerally/Stoney fruit and smoky/earthy notes, this was a stunning match with the tuna. More accessible out of the gate than the 2005 Jadot Cordon-Charlemagne tasted with it, but as the Jadot warmed and got some air it caught up. Obviously two very different wines but each outstanding in their own right. Ultimately I was more impressed with the Rhys because it was a new experience for me while the Jadot was not. Outstanding. (667 views)
 Tasted by jlm on 5/9/2015: Similar to other recent notes I see here, this is beginning to unfold into a stunning wine, with richness, depth and cut, all at once. If you have several, it's well worth checking in on one now. But it's easy to imagine that this will only continue to improve over the next several years and reveal even more of its complexity. (363 views)
 Tasted by egh on 12/31/2014 & rated 93 points: Popped, poured, and consumed over the course of about 2 hours. More medium than full bodied, layered, complex, and refined with terrific acidity that both drives and invigorates the palate. Offers up a multifaceted aromatic and flavor combination of lemon curd, citrus, flowers, roasted nuts, and minerals. Dinner at Piccolo. (1035 views)
 Tasted by jheathw on 11/29/2014 & rated 93 points: Reminds me of a slightly more unwound version of the 2011 PYCM St Aubin 1er Cru I had earlier this year. Lemon curd, hazelnuts and a touch of butter, all cut with laser-like acidity. Wonderful pairing with top-notch Chinese takeout. A pleasure to drink tonight. (1124 views)
 Tasted by pjhr on 9/17/2014 & rated 94 points: Wonderful nose with citrus, mineral, and a hint of vanilla which carries to a delectable palate and finish with lively acidity. Drinking beautifully now! (1282 views)
 Tasted by thomaskeil on 8/31/2014 & rated 92 points: Showing some age with its pale golden color and slight hazelnut on the finish. Nose had restrained peach, pear and citrus fruit along with chalky mineral and hint of vanilla. Palate had elegant balance of medium fruit, mineral and fresh acidity; nothing poking out. The finish was cleansing, complex, and balanced and led into a nicely persisting aftertaste. Beautiful with pan seared grouper. (1265 views)
 Tasted by dougsmith on 8/11/2014 & rated 91 points: Light gold color. Nose of lemon zest, green apple, merengue, and sharp minerality. Medium bodied on the palate with racy acidity through the middle and a long finish.

The cork fragmented pretty badly on opening this wine. (1347 views)
 Tasted by Mlermontov on 6/4/2014 & rated 92 points: Dinner with Friends: mineral, light vanilla, on the nose. light peach and pear mid, creamy and thick middle with a long refreshing finish. Touch of alcohol present.

this may have had a touch of TCA - but i am absolutely immune to it. and it did not seem to mar the wine too much since it was still very expressive. (1669 views)
 Tasted by JonAllen on 6/3/2014 & rated 90 points: this was almost too sharp / astringent, and i am a big fan if extra acid and citrus chardonnay, didn't get enough minerals or fruit to hold up so it was a just miss, don't think this will come around, feel like the '06 and '08 (both of which i have enjoyed a lot) are better even if more rich (which isn't my favorite profile) (1188 views)
 Tasted by dougsmith on 6/3/2014 flawed bottle: Very slightly corked, but nevertheless showed well, balanced with plenty of depth and nuance. (1381 views)
 Tasted by dougie on 11/29/2013 & rated 92 points: Lemon and saline. Full bodied. Surprised at the 2017 drink by date. Did not change over two hours. (1446 views)
 Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 9/16/2013 & rated 95 points: OR and Cal Chards, Burgs, and Old Cal Cabs (GHT): Love this wine. It started a bit slow, but kept picking up steam. Reminds me of a Meursault and a good one at that. Light gold in color. The nose is deep with minerals, slight grapefruit and slight vanilla. Layered. The palate matches with an unwinding complexity. Good acidity. Demands food. Wonderful wine. (2414 views)
 Tasted by brogie62 on 8/14/2013: I noticed the petrol component as well. Never experienced that outside of a mature German Riesling. Not dominant but present. Otherwise a very good chard as I would expect from Rhys. Mineral and green apple, nice acidity. (1898 views)
 Tasted by Mr T on 8/1/2013: I'm with petrnelson on this one in terms of petroly fumes and almost a penicillin like charateristic which did not add to the wine for any of us...I guess that's minerally but it never got to the point where I really liked what it was giving up. There is a bit left in the fridge that perhaps we can try before going to the airport (1803 views)
 Tasted by silton on 7/20/2013 & rated 95 points: Taken to Little Bird Bistro in Portland on vacation earlier in July, so no detailed notes, but this is probably my WOTY. Tons of minerality off the nose, and a palate with several acts that flow seamlessly together. (1917 views)
 Tasted by peternelson on 7/19/2013 & rated 91 points: Decanted at the Eatery: Off the bat tons of reduction/fumey petrol aromas that I like, but it was overpowering, completely hiding the fruit for a while. Later got lots of fresh ripe apple, subtle mixed baking spices, great vibrant acidity/citrus notes in a med. body. Very nice, but I'd love to know more about the reduction aspect in this and if this is common in this bottling. 91-92 (1569 views)
 Tasted by JonAllen on 5/20/2013 & rated 91 points: wow this was good, had had the 2006 and so bought a couple of these, somewhat like '07 in burgundy this had lots of acid grip, but was bigger than the burgs of 2007, not in 'cali big' style but loads of concentrated lemon and initially some slight sweetness, first sip almost tasted like great old chevalier demoiselles that was drinking like a youngster... super for cali chard, no noticeable oak frankly (1677 views)
 Tasted by davidn on 4/13/2013 & rated 94 points: The wine looks Light gold colored. Aromas of Apple, Peach, and River Stone. Sweet Vanilla, and Apple blossom on the pallet along with some Stoneness The body is Light/Medium with a Silky texture and +-20 second finish. (1431 views)
 Tasted by joe d on 10/11/2012 & rated 90 points: Really good wine. Don't drink much chardonnay anymore but this one is a winner. Lemon, minerals, a little smoke, medium body with good acidity. Vibrant.
My discrete CT scale: 95-extraordinary; 90-very good; 85-good; 80-fair; 75-poor (1850 views)
 Tasted by rjoyer on 10/2/2012: Followed over 2 nights.

It's been 2.5 years since my last bottle, and this is quite similar to how I recall it tasting then, though perhaps with a bit more weight and depth. The color has darkened just a touch from night 1. There is really quite a bit going on on the nose here; lemon pith, flint/slate, and pine nuts all come to mind. I particularly like the keen sense of acidity juxtaposed against the creamy yellow fruits on the palate which, together, pull at the inside of the mouth making for a lengthy finish. This is a really classy effort that should continue to improve in bottle for a few more years. Very tasty stuff here... (1983 views)
 Tasted by slywka7 on 9/29/2012 & rated 92 points: Have heard quite a bit about Rhys on the boards but it was my first time trying one. This wasn't your big in your face California Chardonnay but more elegant and nuanced. Kind of reminded me of the Williams Selyem Chardonnay's. Got a slight hint of oak but not hitting you over the head. (1699 views)
 Tasted by cubswinws on 9/15/2012 & rated 91 points: Very nice crisp flavors. Not overly citrus and long clean finish. (1593 views)
 Tasted by WetRock on 6/24/2012: Decanted ~ 4 hours prior to serving. Served blind. Some sulfur in front of aromas of ripe fruit. Clean up front though a bit rough at the finish. The fruit has a darker quality that is hard to place. Tough placing it but I leaned towards Burg. (1665 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, May/June 2009, IWC Issue #144
(Rhys Vineyards Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (9/17/2011)
(Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard) Light lemon yellow color; lovely, tart lemon, lemon rind, mineral, oyster jus nose; gorgeous, tart lemon, mineral, oyster jus palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish  94 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/21/2010)
(Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard) Very light lemon yellow color; nice creamy, lemon, mineral nose; tasty, tight, tart lemon, mineral palate with depth; medium-plus finish 92+ pts.  92 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (7/4/2010)
(Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard) Light yellow color; floral, lemon cream, lemon curd nose; tasty, rich, but poised, tart citrus, lemon, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 92+ pts.  92 points
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2007 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard

Winery Note:
January, 2010: Our 2007 Chardonnay starts with a mineral dominated nose that includes complex white flower, crushed chalk and wet stone notes. The vibrant fruit is very intense, focused and pure. The finish is laser-like and tightly wound with racy acidity, terrific length and a reverberating rocky complexity. This Chardonnay will require more cellar time than our 2006 but will ultimately reach greater heights.. Drink/Hold.


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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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