2010 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard


  • USA
  • > California
  • > San Francisco Bay
  • > Santa Cruz Mountains
Drink between 2013 - 2020
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Community Tasting Notes 35

  • Matt T Likes this wine: (92 points)

    November 16, 2014 - Extremely complex. Floral, petrol, and butter notes. Nicely evolved over the course of an hour.

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  • Frank Murray III wrote:

    October 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.

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  • bonedoc wrote:

    September 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+?

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  • 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.

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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 33 (3%)
  • In Cellars 874 (86%)
  • Consumed 114 (11%)

Food Pairing

apple slices., cheese course, Oysters, pears

Who Likes This Wine

100% Like It  18 votes