It starts with some smoke on nose, which gives way to lemon as it airs out. A nice balance of richness and mineraility and acidity, and while the oak is noticeable, it acts as a spice that complements the savoriness without overwhelming it.
This bottle seemed a little past its prime. There's some honeyed aromas and a rich palate weight, but there's a hint of oxidation on the finish, and a little heat from the alcohol. The wine also doesn't show much acidity. Maybe a bad bottle.
Served blind. Tropical fruit, lemon / minerality on the nose. Mid weight, lush, with nice acidity on the finish. I thought this wine was very 'puligny-like'. I think it would fool many in a blind tasting.
popped and poured...solid expectations for this one after a bottle of 04 knocked it out of the park. unfortunately this bottle fell flat. it lacked size, presence on the palate, structure and acidity and interesting flavor profile (personality). Hopefully off bottle.
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(Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard) Bright lemon yellow color; focused lemon, lemon chiffon nose; tasty, bright, well delineated lemon, lemon cream and mineral palate with depth and good acidity; medium finish 93+ pts.
(Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard) Medium yellow color; nice, delicate lemon and lemon oil nose; delicate, minerally lemon and focused citrus palate with good acidity and balance; Corton-like, with a note of salinity toward the finish; medium finish 93+ pts. (30% new French oak)
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