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2012 Rhys - Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SAN FRANCISCO BAY
  • 96 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • 17 JR
  • Variety
    Chardonnay
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SKU: 261229-2012
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    Aromas of cream, spice, citrus and apple give this a complex scent. Creamy and zesty on the palate, with lively pineapple, tropical fruit and lemon-lime notes, ending long and clean.
    Author: James Laube
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    Green-tinged yellow. An intense, mineral-dominated bouquet evokes fresh orchard and citrus fruits, iodine, anise and white flowers. Stains the palate with densely packed pear and Meyer lemon flavors; picks up a smokiness with air. Chalky, penetrating and pure on the finish, which refuses to let up.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2014
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Purissima soft silt. Big and relatively soft on the nose. Salty and a little more diffuse. Friendly and round. Juicy.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    The 2012 Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard is absolutely stunning! Giving up incredible notes of flinty minerality, green citrus, lemon curd and exotic flowers, this beautiful Chardonnay builds on the palate, with medium to full-bodied richness, vibrant acidity and a clean, laser-focused finish that just keeps going. It continues to gain in richness with time in the glass, yet never loses its classy, pure and elegant demeanor. It should benefit from a year or more in the cellar and have a decade or more of prime drinking after that.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
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  • 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.

    California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 149 bottles owned
    • 43 collectors