White

2012 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard

Chardonnay

  • USA
  • California
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
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Community Tasting Notes 108

  • Thepour wrote: 91 points

    April 10, 2022 - Réduction on the nose. Still quite youthful. Very well done, but feels more worked, less mineral than Horseshoe 2012, which I preferred.

  • simonsonmeister Likes this wine: 94 points

    January 24, 2022 - Beautiful Chard at 9+ years, and expect it to age well for another 10 years. It seems to have the bones for this. As others have commented, a slightly sunnier, more rounded version of a very good Burgundy. But don't mistake that comment as anything but positive regardless of where this wine was grown - this is very impressive Chardonnay. Suites me perfectly as I am generally not a fan or regular drinker of more typical California Chard.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • cos65 Likes this wine: 93 points

    January 6, 2022 - Light gold
    Pear aromas with perhaps the slightest hint of oak
    At ten years this has really come alive. Seemingly old world sensibility with fabulous fruit. Really worth a look 93+

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • kingkanu wrote:

    December 25, 2021 - I popped the cork and let sit for an hour or so then gently decanted while cool. This was a sunnier version of a white burgundy, precision acidity and length, but the palate and nose were so giving I kept going back for more. I would say this is in its early window, such a lovely wine.

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  • mclanew Likes this wine: 94 points

    December 21, 2021 - This took about twenty minutes of air to come together. After that it was excellent sporting a light floral nose. On the palate the wine is pure, medium bodied, showing white peach, apple, minerals. There is excellent acidity and energy here. The wine is fully mature and I would think this can last another 2-3 years.

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  • 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.

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

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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 Santa Cruz Mountains
  • Appellation Santa Cruz Mountains

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 14 (1%)
  • In Cellars 712 (47%)
  • Consumed 783 (52%)

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