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Community Tasting Notes (3) Avg Score: 91 points

  • Color is a slightly greenish gold, with a bit of leesey cloudiness. The nose is clean with marked acidity and a hint of breeze from the seashore. Nice ripeness with obvious yet balanced acidity which seems characteristic of all the Rhys chards. Made from fruit from two year old vines, this is well balanced and Chablis-like, but is less complex and interesting than the later examples.

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  • A nose of rich yeast, estery fruit, lemon rind and sweet oak. Tastes quite rich, with a lush mouthfeel, with a fair bit of well-integrated oak and flavors of sweet apple, lemon curd, perhaps starting to get a bit nutty/oxidative. Good integration of components. Seems less fleshy than the 2004 or 2005, with perhaps less acid. Good.

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  • "I Dreamed I Moved Among the Alesian Fields" (Eleven Madison Park): Unreleased, rare, bootleg demo wine generously donated in absentia to the cause. This has a pale, cloudy color in contrast to the crystalline 2004. Nothing cloudy about it on the palate, where it is speckled and shellacked from top to bottom with an amazingly tactile and pure expression of chalk, ocean water, and oyster shells. This could be a dream wine at an oyster bar. But I don’t want to suggest this is in the Chablis or Muscadet style. It smells a little nutty. And it’s a heavyweight, broad-shouldered and even a little stiff.

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