2010 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard


  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains

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Community Tasting Note

  • Frank Murray III wrote:

    November 16, 2013 - I last drank one of these at the winery nearly a year and 1/2 ago. Decided to open one tonight to take to dinner, bagged to see what a few of my wine buddies will think, sans the label. As an intial look at this, right from the cellar and not all that chilled, the oak is laying subtly on top of the wine, in the aromatic and then whispy through the palate--little marshy/vanilla accents. Underneath that is the fruit, the lemony notes, pineapple, apple, orange oil. The finish is long and with air, that citrus core is starting to emerge. I bet that this wine really starts to fire in about an hour, and with a bit of a chill, all of the beautiful saline, acid and fruit is going to shine...roll forward 24 hours, wine is cold, coming up to room so I can get a good final impression. This wine came around, really pulling in the lemony, green apple, pineapple fruit and that fennel-like finish. The oak I commented on y/day, it's still there but it's a bit of hair splitting as the 25% new it saw, it's showing a kiss of that total now, with a hint of vanilla bean in the finish--suited just fine now. What's clear today is the intensity I mentioned back in my first note from April 2012, riveted in with all the fruit and overall, really good. Best drink window? If you have one, drink one now, see if my perspective is on point. Or, age another year, into late 2014 and drink for the next 2-3, through 2017.

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