White

2012 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard

Chardonnay

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
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Community Tasting Notes 45

  • Nanda wrote: (92 points)

    August 8, 2017 - The Rhys Chards remain a bit of an enigma for me. Several recent bottles from 2009-2010 have been advanced and tired. This bottle, however, was electric and delicious. Further, it held the electric nature over three nights. Go figure. Aromatics were very fresh and complete with ripe orchard fruits and minerals. Palate had richness, depth and tons of cut. Riper, for sure, but quite balanced.

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  • ChrisR Likes this wine: (89 points)

    July 8, 2017 - Vibrant yellow in color. Lemon and citrus flavors initially masked by charred oak, which eventually subsided to allow the fruit to show through. Good acidity in both iterations keeps it racy. The wine was much improved in later pours when the oak integrated rather than overwhelming the wine; the score is based on the later and better (to my taste) pours.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • B Paul wrote:

    June 19, 2017 - Opened and followed over a couple of hours. A rich wine, but balanced by good energy and acidity. Several recent Rhys Chardonnays have seemed advanced or tired, but this bottle showed well and it was quite nice.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • pjhr Likes this wine: (94 points)

    May 26, 2017 - Lemon peel and citrus notes on the fragrant nose and silky smooth palate with refreshing acidity and mineral notes on the long finish. Drinking beautifully!

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • BHull Likes this wine: (95 points)

    May 13, 2017 - Wow!
    Popped and poured.
    Crushed stone, lemon and floral notes on the nose.
    Exceptional mouthfeel with good acidity and balance.
    Lemon, citrus, wet stone and more on the palate.
    An amazing wine!

    2 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Santa Cruz Mountains: Scaling the Heights (Jul 2015), 7/1/2015 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    2/25/2015 (link)

    (Rhys, Alpine Vineyard Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains White) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By John Gilman
    Jul/Aug 2014, Issue #52, This Summer’s Fine Lineup of Old School and Neo-Classical American Wines

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    May/June 2014, IWC Issue #174 (link)

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    Santa Cruz Mountains – A Study in Terroir (Jul 2014) (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    2/2/2014 (link) 92 points

    (Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard) Final blend pre-bottling: very hazy light-medium lemon yellow color; reduction, tart pear, ginger, fresh lemon nose; rich, full bodied, tart lemon, fresh lemon, saline, mineral, lemon gelee, almond palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish 92-93+ points

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • 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 23 (2%)
  • In Cellars 984 (75%)
  • Consumed 308 (23%)

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