White

2012 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard

Chardonnay

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
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Community Tasting Notes 22

  • soyhead wrote:

    February 26, 2016 - very clean, lemon, nice purity. tasted next to a 12 Jadot Montrachet not at all a fair comparison, but i wanted to see how these would size up. I can see the similarities, yet the Montrachet had much more power and minerality.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • gutt22 Likes this wine:

    February 26, 2016 - 13.3% alcohol. Medium yellow color. Gorgeous, refined nose of green apple, lemon, light oak, and minerals. In the mouth, precise and linear, with a tart edge to the fruit, a citrus undertone on the palate, which marries nicely with the bright (yet not rough-edged) acidity, and a long finish. Significant upside here still. A

    5 people found this helpful Comment
  • SBrick Likes this wine: (93 points)

    November 21, 2015 - Decant this for at least one hour to blow off S02 and remove the spritz. Avoid a sip up front. We decanted to very wide body decanter and aggressively swirled. Quite a bit of tartrates. Cloudy. If you are pouring from bottle without decant then probably two hours uncorked first. But the wine drinks well after the hour plus off our large decanter. Beautiful acid cut, slight citrus, gentle fruit, wood nowhere to be found. Excellent.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • EMark Likes this wine:

    October 23, 2015 - Lively and spritely on the tongue and under the palate. Deft use of oak and M-L provide a touch of vanilla and butter, but it does not dominate. Good fruit flavor of tart stone fruit—peach, apricot--with, maybe a hint of melon. Very refreshing. Excellent wine for sipping or with a meal.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • coremill wrote: (91 points)

    September 29, 2015 - Chardonnay Dinner at PDH (PDH): Also a little spritz at first that blows off. Less ripe than the 10 Horseshoe, with lemon and apple/pear. It gets more tart and mineral as it breathes up, and the concentration and density here is very impressive without being at all flabby, there's just more material here than in any of the other wines, and that material has been well put together. This is excellent. My WOTN. I think I slightly preferred the 12 Horseshoe I had last month, but it's close, both are excellent.

    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
    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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    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 1,056 (84%)
  • Consumed 175 (14%)

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