Rhys dinner: Lovely white fruits, ripe pear, yellow apple, yellow cherry; slight reductive quality and a saline/rocky minerality to this that reminds me of a Corton-Charlemagne. Nicely balanced, medium to medium plus body, good concentration of flavors, with just a kiss of French oak. Stunning chard.
Expressive, concentrated, fleshy, rich, and round yet altogether in balance with a nice beam of acidity that lends cut, precision, and freshness. Offers up an aromatic and flavor profile of lemon curd, tropical fruit, orange blossom, and a kiss of oak/grilled nuts. Dinner at Piccolo.
Second half of a coravin bottle. Showing a bit more cut with stron lemon curd elements. Oak still seemed to stand apart from the fruit, but less obtrusive than the sample several months ago. Drinkable, but likely best to hold.
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(Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard) Pre-release (bottled 5 weeks prior) - light medium golden yellow color; intriguing, saline, slightly earthy, tart lemon, powdery, lemon oil and rocks nose with a sense of green herb; tasty, stunning, minerally, rich but tart and poised lemon, quince, tart green apple palate, reminiscent of a Raveneau Chablis, needs 2-3 years; long finish
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