White

2012 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard

Chardonnay

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
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Community Tasting Notes 41

  • 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
  • Loren Sonkin wrote: (95 points)

    May 13, 2017 - Beautiful showing for this wine. Pop and pour, served at about 52F. Light gold in color. The nose has vanilla, slight pineapple, lanolin and grapefruit. Not powerful but intense. On the palate, great texture. Slightly oily, medium to full bodied, no sharp edges but not loose either. Flavors of pineapple, vanilla and grapefruit. Depth. Long finish. Still young but 2012 is such an open vintage. Lots of oohs and ahs as people tasted this.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • ews3 wrote: (93 points)

    April 17, 2017 - really nice complexity and balance here. acid driven, but with enough roundness to keep it fresh and lively without being astringent. Green apple, ginger, smoke, crushed stone, pineapple, salty. Lots of verve here.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • joe d Likes this wine:

    March 4, 2017 - This showed really well tonight. Great balance of acid and fruit with a real finishing zip. None of the coconut overtones that I sometimes get with Rhys.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • WineGold Likes this wine: (92 points)

    February 26, 2017 - Started fizzy upon pulling the cork. Thirty minute decant fixed that problem. Drank a couple of glasses and put the rest back into the fridge. Wine lost nothing for day two.

    Nose of light tropical fruit including a some pineapple and melon, but also minerals and savory notes as well -- maybe filberts or cashews. Interesting, complex nose, with salinity mixing with sweetness.

    On the palate the fruit and acid are in total balance. This is not fruit forward. In fact nothing leaps to the front, rather, the flavors dance together presenting a unified front of stone fruit, minerality, acid and savory characteristics.

    Excellent for me, but not exactly my wife's preferred profile, as she prefers a sweeter, fruitier approach.

    1 person 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)

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  • By John Gilman
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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 24 (2%)
  • In Cellars 1,002 (76%)
  • Consumed 286 (22%)

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