White

2012 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard

Chardonnay

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
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Community Tasting Notes 49

  • Frank Murray III wrote:

    October 1, 2017 - Rhys @ My Place--Part 3 (My House In The South OC): Listed ABV of 13.3%. This was the final wine of the night that I tried, and I had given my palate about 30 mins to relax before I poured this and wrote my note. This to me is straddling the older legacy Rhys Chards, where there is some oak expression on the wine, yet there is a sea breeze quality here too, that is quite akin to the 2015 Bearwallow Chard I had enjoyed earlier in the event (and which I will add showed virtually no oak signature to me). This 2012 has some vanilla bean to it, along with lemon oil, lime skin and yet there is that sea breeze signature that I dig. Enjoyed this, but far preferred the 2015 Bear Chard, which to me was the classiest white wine of the day, and one of the best from Rhys I can recall in the many years I have been drinking their white wines.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • fred o. Likes this wine:

    September 30, 2017 - nose with honey/strong florals, citrus. palate crisp, slight oak/buttery note but definitely not in a dominant way. lemony, slight matchstick. overall very nice if not terribly distinctive to me. 90 pts

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  • Nanda wrote: (92 points)

    September 19, 2017 - Very good concentration and depth. Riper and tropical flavors with good cut and tension. Gained richness and more depth with time. If this retains its freshness, it should age beautifully.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • B Paul wrote:

    September 12, 2017 - Followed over two nights. On the big side, but carries it well. Should age nicely. Have had some mixed results with Rhys Chardonnays over the last couple of years, but this 2012 Alpine continues to be a really good one.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Nanda wrote: (92 points)

    August 8, 2017 - The Rhys Chards remain a bit of an enigma for me. Several recent bottles from 2009-2010 have been advanced and tired. This bottle, however, was electric and delicious. Further, it held the electric nature over three nights. Go figure. Aromatics were very fresh and complete with ripe orchard fruits and minerals. Palate had richness, depth and tons of cut. Riper, for sure, but quite balanced.

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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)

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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

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  • Pending Delivery 23 (2%)
  • In Cellars 989 (74%)
  • Consumed 324 (24%)

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