2009 Rhys Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains


  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
Drink between 2011 - 2015 (Edit)
CT90.1 126 reviews
Label borrowed from 2004

Community Tasting Notes 108

  • rmalloy Likes this wine: 93 points

    July 27, 2021 - I have always found Rhys chardonnays, including this one, very oaky. Rhys’s website expresses a goal of low oak influence, but I figure that was a recent change of philosophy, because this wine cannot be seen as having low oak influence. I find the combination of strong oak and restrained fruit distinctive. While I don’t necessarily prefer the oak, I don’t hate it. Anyway, I digress. This wine tastes fresh and young, with great acidity, so it still seems eminently ageworthy.

  • jbaron wrote: 90 points

    November 18, 2020 - Better on opening than an hour later, but surprisingly good given that it was overlooked in the basement.

  • Charlie Carnes wrote:

    August 30, 2020 - Was a little dark, nutty. DNF

  • Chrisinroch wrote:

    March 15, 2020 - Stored at room temp since purchase. A bit oxidative. Just slight nuttiness, not unpleasant. More angular than is typical in CA chardonnay. Lots of nice acidity on the finish.

  • scamhi wrote:

    March 9, 2017 - started out like a generic chardonnay, after about 1.5 hours it morphed into a wine similar to a chassagne montrachet

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Exploring California's Central Coast (Aug 2011) (link)

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    May/June 2011, IWC Issue #156 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/28/2011 (link) 92 points

    (Rhys Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains) Pre-release, bottled 5 weeks prior - light medium chartreuse yellow color with slight cloudiness; rich, ripe lemon, creamy, tart pineapple nose; rich, concentrated, tasty, creamy textured, mineral, ripe lemon palate; medium-plus finish 92+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2009
  • Type White
  • Producer Rhys
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion San Francisco Bay
  • Appellation Santa Cruz Mountains

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 7 (1%)
  • In Cellars 182 (24%)
  • Consumed 560 (75%)

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