White

2012 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard

Chardonnay

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
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Community Tasting Notes 28

  • KenK Likes this wine: (92 points)

    August 20, 2016 - Nice rich aromatics with a toasty edge. Ripe and good depth with deep apples and citrus notes. Quite enjoyable. Served blind vast majority thought it was a young white burgundy.

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

    August 13, 2016 - Crisp with lemon, pear and stone fruit that went great with oysters and lobster

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • rcg62 Likes this wine: (93 points)

    July 9, 2016 - Very light pale gold color. Wild nose with citrus, almost grapefruit notes with very subtle hints of oak. Palate comes across similarly with lots of bracing acidity. Still tight and I think would benefit from a couple of more years in the bottle.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • dbkitc wrote: (91 points)

    July 5, 2016 - Drunk out of pink plastic cups at the lake - not ideal but just fine.....lots of citrus fruit and oak on the nose. Tons of extract - lemon peel and grapefruit. Should be delicious for many years. Piercing - not for everyone but I like it a lot. (91+)

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • 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...

    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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  • 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 28 (2%)
  • In Cellars 1,047 (82%)
  • Consumed 197 (15%)

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