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2006 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard

  • 92 WA
  • 92 IWC
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SKU: 261229-2006-750

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    Even better, perhaps because it has had some time in bottle, is the Rhys 2006 Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard, which exhibits beautiful poached pear, honeysuckle, white peach, and popcorn notes with hints of wet rocks, subtle brioche, and a delicate use of wood. This is a savory, rich, broad-flavored Chardonnay with good acidity and, like its sibling in 2007, probably capable of lasting 5-7 or more years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    Light yellow. Vibrant, mineral-driven citrus and pear aromas are underscored by smoky minerals and white flowers. Spicy, sharply focused citrus and orchard fruit flavors coat the palate while maintaining an appealing nervosite An impressively deft blend of energy and depth here, and the stony finish is strikingly pure and persistent.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: November/December 2008
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Lots of pears and lots of minerality. Good complexity with very special wet rock kind of minerals. Have an advanced and elegant feel. Hints of subtle flavors. The advanced, light and intense minerality is inviting for salad and appetizers. Mild acidity with medium finish.
    Author: Michael C
  • Self | Rating: 93

    minerally driven. chewy with tannins. Need more time.
    Author: Seaway J
Chiseled deep into a Santa Cruz Mountain hillside with such vast and echoing chambers that it's lovingly termed "the rebel base," Rhys Vineyards and its visionary owner are on a mission. It all started for Kevin Harvey, a Silicon Valley software entrepreneur with a Burgundy obsession, in 1995 when he planted a small Pinot Noir vineyard in his backyard, and has transformed into a quest to uncover the mysteries of his un-glorified appellation's geography and achieve world-class Pinot Noir.

From his first garage wine, Harvey was struck with minerality that reminded him more of Burgundy than any domestic Pinot. So, using ambitious, biodynamic farming of tightly-spaced, high elevation, cool climate vineyards planted in specific sites in the Santa Cruz Mountains with shallow, rocky soils, preferably on hillsides, he set out to make the most mineral-driven, terroir-focused domestic Pinot. The results have garnered overwhelming praise from the entire spectrum of critical review. From Robert Parker to Allen Meadows, it's hard to find anyone who isn't impressed with this passionate operation producing perhaps the best New World Pinot anywhere.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 119 bottles owned
  • 56 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 56 collectors)