White

2012 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard

Chardonnay

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
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Community Tasting Notes 88

  • theRealPepe Likes this wine: 95 points

    July 4, 2020 - I found this to be a brilliant young tasting Chardonnay. It frankly reminds me more of better Chassagne Montrachet rather than California. Lustrous color, inviting nose and sleek mouthfeel with the changing mix of integrated oak, mineral and fruit one finds in great wines. Outstanding.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • Beezc Likes this wine: 93 points

    June 21, 2020 - This took a little time to open up. Very well balanced. I still think the best is yet to come here. Even better in a year or two. 93+

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Mike Dildine Likes this wine: 97 points

    June 21, 2020 - 13.3% abv. Medium straw, expressive aromas. On the palate, apple, pear, cinnamon, and a citrus note on the back palate. Absolutely superb balance, depth, length with poise and personality to spare. A beautiful, confident Chardonnay in the prime of life, strutting her stuff!

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Deux Chevaux wrote:

    June 9, 2020 - Bright, vibrant, and showing drive. Savory orchard fruit. Rather deep. Somewhat muted on opening contrasted with how it blossomed on days two, three, and especially those last lovely sips on the fourth. Wow. Very glad to have one more.

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  • Burgundy Al wrote: 93 points

    May 27, 2020 - Rhys Alpine Virtual Tasting (Planet Earth): My fav of the vertical. Good orchard fruit without being overdone and very good density. Lots of nuanced supporting notes of almond and bright textures. Not a powerhouse, but so charming.

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Vinous

  • By Antonio Galloni
    Santa Cruz Mountains: Scaling the Heights (Jul 2015), 7/1/2015 (link)

    (Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard Central Coast) Subscribe to see review text.

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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.

View From the Cellar

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

    (Rhys Vineyards Chardonnay “Alpine Vineyard” (Santa Cruz Mountains)) Subscribe to see review text.

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

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

  • By Antonio Galloni
    Santa Cruz Mountains – A Study in Terroir (Jul 2014) (link)

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

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  • By Elin McCoy
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    (Rhys Vineyards, Alpine Vineyard Chardonnay, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains, California, USA, White) Subscribe to see review text.

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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 16 (1%)
  • In Cellars 814 (56%)
  • Consumed 627 (43%)

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