White

2012 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard

Chardonnay

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
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Community Tasting Notes 34

  • Robert Pavlovich Likes this wine:

    January 15, 2017 - Exquisite Chardonnay. Excellent freshness and lean throughout but still with good, complex fruit, and judicious oak. Special CA Chard here. Partially blocked Malo?

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • wineaux2 Likes this wine: (91 points)

    January 4, 2017 - First tried this chard about 3 years ago. Back then, it displayed a mix of rich tropical fruit (pineapple and caramelized banana) and citrus. This one has since shed the baby fat and now exhibited prominent citrus-citrus oil notes and acid. This could age quite well. Looking forward to seeing where this goes.

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  • ledwards wrote: (93 points)

    December 19, 2016 - Very Chablis like. Steely. Precise. Tart. Fairly long finish with some cheek-puckering sour notes. A layer of sweet yellow fruit runs throughout the palate. Very impressive for a new world chard.

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  • silton Likes this wine:

    November 8, 2016 - A tremendous wine ruined by looking at turnout in rural FL counties early in the night and being overcome with dread. Edgy, minerally, orchard fruits and dread. Yes it was supposed to be celebratory. Saving the next bottle for when Pantsuits Nation gets its redemption.

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  • hiker_guy wrote:

    October 23, 2016 - I am very sensitive to new oak flavors in white wine and tend to not like them.
    The new oak was very prominent to me on the initial pop and pour. To me this wine needed much more time for those flavors to integrate better. I see much potential but much further down the road. Wait 5-8 years for the next bottle.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Santa Cruz Mountains: Scaling the Heights (Jul 2015), 7/1/2015 (link)

    (Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard Central Coast) Subscribe to see review text.

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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

    (Rhys Vineyards Chardonnay “Alpine Vineyard” (Santa Cruz Mountains)) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    May/June 2014, IWC 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 24 (2%)
  • In Cellars 1,042 (80%)
  • Consumed 237 (18%)

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