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2014 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Rhys Vineyards rhysvineyards.com   details
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains - California - United States (AVA)
Type: white
Varietal: Chardonnay
Maturity: Hold/Drink
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$79.00
 
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Tasting Notes:
rated: November 2, 2016 , The Wine Advocate erobertparker.com
94 points "The 2014 Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard is another terrific white from this team. Offering tons of white fruits, white peach, honeyed apples and a touch of toasty oak, with a saltiness on the finish, it's an impeccably balance, clean, pure Chardonnay that excels on its purity of fruit and elegance. It's beautiful today, but I suspect it will evolve nicely through 2024. John Gilman, View From the Cellar -- 92pts The 2014 vintage of Alpine chardonnay from Kevin Harvey and the talented team at Rhys is also a tad riper this year, coming in at 13.5 percent, but impeccably focused and balanced. The lovely bouquet delivers a nascently complex constellation of pear, acacia blossom, a marvelous base of soil tones, a touch of fresh almond, a very discreet base of vanillin oak, hints of the butter to come with bottle age and an esthery topnotes of bee pollen. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, crisp and complex, with a fine core, excellent focus and grip and a long, vibrant and still quite primary finish. I do not know why, but this year the Alpine chardonnay seems very, very Puligny-Montrachet-like in personality. Fine juice that will be approachable from the outset, but clearly is built to age and will offer more complexity a few years down the road. 2016-2025+ Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media -- 92+pts The 2014 Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard is the hardest of these four Chardonnays to read today. The aromatics are striking, but the wine has much less to say today on the palate. Powerful and tropically-leaning, the 2014 needs time to come into its own." Best 2016-2024
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