White

2012 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard

Chardonnay

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
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Community Tasting Notes 70

  • coremill wrote: 88 points

    April 20, 2019 - Still has nice acid and mineral character, but this has lost the fruit intensity and concentration. But there's still quite a bit of oaky sesame seed/vanilla, which combined with the tartness is an odd combo. I still like the minerality, but this is headed in the wrong direction from when I last tasted this four years ago.

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  • dcwino wrote: 92 points

    March 29, 2019 - Lost Friday afternoon gathering – Chave, Krug, Churchill, Trimbach, Mugnier and etc. (Black Salt, Washington DC): Medium expressive nose displaying ripe yellow fruit, pineapple, apple, burnt sugar, spicy spices, and steely mineral. Very good concentration, ripe yellow fruit driven palate impression, ripe yet slightly lean, good acidity and mineral and a medium to long ripe yellow fruit driven finish. My guess is a Domestic Chardonnay, perhaps Linden hardscrabble.

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  • floydtp wrote: 93 points

    March 8, 2019 - Clear, medium intensity lemon color.

    The nose is clean with medium plus intensity developing aromas of lemon, pineapple, Golden apple, peach, honeysuckle, vanilla and toast.

    On the palate, the wine is dry with medium plus acidity, medium plus body, medium ABV and a long finish. Medium plus intensity flavors of lemon, green apple, pineapple toast and peach.

    The quality level is outstanding. The wine can be drunk now but has potential for aging.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • alanr wrote: 92 points

    February 5, 2019 - Beautifully rich, some umami saline and nice rich minerality on the finish, excellent acidity and fairly primary, but delicious. Not particularly tropical as this wine can sometimes be, maybe a few years of bottle age has tamed this. Quite Meursault-like.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • pjhr Likes this wine: 94 points

    January 23, 2019 - As delicious as the previous bottle. Lemon peel and citrus notes on the fragrant nose and silky smooth palate with refreshing acidity and mineral notes on the long finish. Drinking beautifully!

    3 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Santa Cruz Mountains: Scaling the Heights (Jul 2015), 7/1/2015 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    2/25/2015 (link)

    (Rhys, Alpine Vineyard Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains White) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By John Gilman
    Jul/Aug 2014, Issue #52, This Summer’s Fine Lineup of Old School and Neo-Classical American Wines

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    May/June 2014, IWC Issue #174 (link)

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    Santa Cruz Mountains – A Study in Terroir (Jul 2014) (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    2/2/2014 (link) 92 points

    (Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard) Final blend pre-bottling: very hazy light-medium lemon yellow color; reduction, tart pear, ginger, fresh lemon nose; rich, full bodied, tart lemon, fresh lemon, saline, mineral, lemon gelee, almond palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish 92-93+ points

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type White
  • Producer Rhys
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Alpine Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion San Francisco Bay
  • Appellation Santa Cruz Mountains

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 14 (1%)
  • In Cellars 903 (65%)
  • Consumed 483 (35%)

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