2010 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard


  • USA
  • > California
  • > San Francisco Bay
  • > Santa Cruz Mountains
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Community Tasting Notes 32

  • HowardNZ Likes this wine:

    July 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.

  • KeithAkers wrote: (91 points)

    July 18, 2014 - 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.

  • egh Likes this wine: (93 points)

    July 3, 2014 - 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.

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  • Brsed Likes this wine: (94 points)

    June 8, 2014 - Drank at El Ideas for Emilys' birthday so no formal notes. Tropical flavors with some zest.

  • cubswinws Likes this wine: (92 points)

    May 1, 2014 - Super nice and crispy with great apple and pear flavors. Nice acidity on finish.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2010
  • Type White
  • Producer Rhys
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Alpine Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion San Francisco Bay
  • Appellation Santa Cruz Mountains

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 35 (4%)
  • In Cellars 872 (87%)
  • Consumed 93 (9%)

Food Pairing

apple slices., cheese course, Oysters, pears

Who Likes This Wine

100% Like It  17 votes