2012 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard


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  • > California
  • > San Francisco Bay
  • > Santa Cruz Mountains
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Community Tasting Notes 6

  • Loren Sonkin wrote: (94 points)

    December 18, 2014 - Baby Jesus (Bouchard), Yquem, Madeira, Rhys, RM (John V.'s): Light gold in color. The nose is creamy with minerals and lemons. This is young and was better going back at the end of the evening. There is a strong streak of acidity. Nice precision. Most guessed it as CA although no one was completely sure about that. Its best days are ahead.

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  • odds Likes this wine: (94 points)

    December 12, 2014 - Took one for the team and opened the Rhys 2012 Chard Alphine Vineyard. Yummi! Citrus on the nose and palate, also peach on palate, flower full nose smell, peppery on the tongue... we planned on having it over two nights but ended up finishing it last night (over few good hours). I am happy to see a chardonnay that is wonderful and will become even better in few years.

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  • wgmccallum Likes this wine: (93 points)

    November 22, 2014 - Frosty yellow. Nose of lemon curd with some subtle but complex overtone that I find hard to describe: of butter, oak, pastry. Electric palate with deep sweet fruit, long lemon finish. Exciting and satisfying. 55+12+17+9.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • Wine Canuck wrote: (93 points)

    November 17, 2014 - A Casual Monday Night in Toronto (Fine Wine Reserve, Toronto, ON): (bottle was opened 24 prior) Quite the contrast to the Ceritas poured next to it. It pours several shades darker and is much more rich and must have more oak and oxygen influence. Powerful nose is of cashew, lemon custard, vanilla, butterscotch, mostly stone fruit with the slightest tropical edge, maple syrup, ripe peach and buttered popcorn. The palate enters with just a touch of vanillin sweetness, with good high acid and a long buttered popcorn finish. A really classically styled wine done in a rich leaning style.

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  • Anonymous wrote:

    February 1, 2014 - Rhys Vineyards Tasting -- Barrel and Bottle (Rhys Vineyards): I didn’t pick up any sulfur here, as I did in the first two wines. Mix of citrus and tropical fruits, palate is focused and bright, with an intense, minerally finish. Terrific wine.

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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, 7/1/2014

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

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    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 140 (14%)
  • In Cellars 852 (84%)
  • Consumed 20 (2%)

Food Pairing

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