With tarragon chicken, wild rice, and carrots. Beautiful yellow gold, clear, nice legs. Lovely nose, honeyed fruit, pear, peach, grape - enticing. Well balanced palate: the honey remains, very smooth (but there is a lovely touch of acid to keep the flab away), long finish. Excellent wine.
Annual CDP tasting (Edina Country Club): Consumed a glass over 45 minutes. This was much bigger and less resolved than the 2010 we had a month ago. It was more in the Kistler vein today, but with some nice complexity. I will take the advice on Rhy's website and hold off opening my bottles for a while.
Annual Holiday CDP Tasting (Edina, MN): Light gold color. Drank 1 glass over 30 minutes plus. A fun wine that seemed focused from the start, but got even better with air and as it warmed. I love the orange character here, oranges, orange peel, and orange blossom on the nose, with lightly toasted oak. the palate is medium full bodied, orange, modest toasted oak, good acid, round, lemon, and a long pure finish. Love it.
2015 CDP Annual Dinner (Edina Country Club): Pale golden. Oaky, fully new world aromas of lemon brioche. Charming, oaky, high alcohol but really works. Vanilla creme. The oak is really tasty and nicely compliments the stony minerality. Big. I would not guess Rhys with its high oak and broad shoulders. It works, but in much more of an Aubert way.
In a great place. Popped and completely poured out in one swelt foop at a party. Nice fruit, plenty of mature oarchard fruits, some oak, but not buttery at all (must be that classy french oak), nice round finish with great mouthfeel. I am sure if we had had the chance to follow this, it would have improved.
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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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