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2012 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard
- San Francisco Bay
- Santa Cruz Mountains
Community Tasting Notes 39
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.
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.
B Paul wrote:
February 13, 2017 - Seems a little bigger and richer than some prior vintages of the Alpine, but very well done. Drink or hold.
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, with tons of mineral impressions and a long life ahead of it.
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Santa Cruz Mountains: Scaling the Heights (Jul 2015), 7/1/2015 (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
- 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
- Pending Delivery 24 (2%)
- In Cellars 1,006 (77%)
- Consumed 278 (21%)
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