White

2012 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard

Chardonnay

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
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Community Tasting Notes 24

  • blaine wrote:

    May 21, 2016 - Should have read the notes on the spritzy-ness... Will decant next time, and it did get much better after about 30 minutes. Having said that, it troubles me that so much care and mechanics are needed for this wine to show its best. Most other Rhys chards I've had are clean and pure from the get-go, not sure why this one isn't, and I find all these huge scores a bit surprising...

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • bobflan Likes this wine: (93 points)

    May 1, 2016 - Spritzy upon opening--got better over the evening and even the last glass the next night as the spritz faded and the minerality and citrus flavors came out. Medium yellow. Tart citrus nose. Tasted of lemons and maybe apple, with just a sense of oak--but muted; great acidity.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • soyhead wrote:

    February 26, 2016 - very clean, lemon, nice purity. tasted next to a 12 Jadot Montrachet not at all a fair comparison, but i wanted to see how these would size up. I can see the similarities, yet the Montrachet had much more power and minerality.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • gutt22 Likes this wine:

    February 26, 2016 - 13.3% alcohol. Medium yellow color. Gorgeous, refined nose of green apple, lemon, light oak, and minerals. In the mouth, precise and linear, with a tart edge to the fruit, a citrus undertone on the palate, which marries nicely with the bright (yet not rough-edged) acidity, and a long finish. Significant upside here still. A

    5 people found this helpful Comment
  • SBrick Likes this wine: (93 points)

    November 21, 2015 - Decant this for at least one hour to blow off S02 and remove the spritz. Avoid a sip up front. We decanted to very wide body decanter and aggressively swirled. Quite a bit of tartrates. Cloudy. If you are pouring from bottle without decant then probably two hours uncorked first. But the wine drinks well after the hour plus off our large decanter. Beautiful acid cut, slight citrus, gentle fruit, wood nowhere to be found. Excellent.

    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 28 (2%)
  • In Cellars 1,057 (84%)
  • Consumed 179 (14%)

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