First go at the 2009 (and this is written two days later). A stellar California chardonnay, with good punch and acidity; displays focused and precise yellow fruit, with a smoky background note. Deep and unctuous without being heavy, and it kept me coming back for more, wanting to see what it would reveal. Really enjoyed this wine. Will wait at least another couple of years before popping another one.
Ok, wow. Wow. A cali Chard that blows you away. Burgundian is an over-statement and not really accurate. Though it leans that way in that this is clearly not a buttery oak bomb, but it still has luscious zingy and tasty fruit, but with an amazing amount of other notes that I rarely find in the boring U.S. chard market. Must get more.
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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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