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2009 Rhys "Alpine Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay

SKU #1107652 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Vivid yellow. Musky aromas of chamomile, pear skin, anise and iodine, with suave floral and gingerbread notes emerging with aeration. Juicy and broad on entry, then a bit tighter in the middle, offering densely packed orchard fruit flavors and notes of smoke and honeysuckle. More powerful than the Horseshoe but no less animated. This complex and tactile Chardonnay boasts an intriguing interplay of ripe fruit and energetic spices. Finishes on a gently smoky note, with excellent persistence. (ST) Inner quote mark (6/2011)

93 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2009 Alpine Chardonnay is a superb and quite youthful bottle of chardonnay that will certainly benefit from some time in the cellar. In true Rhys fashion, this is not a particularly ripe Chardonnay (13.2 percent alcohol), but wonderfully complex and soil-driven, as it offers up a lovely mélange of pears, apples, a nice touch of iodine, ethereal leesy tones, tangerine, a bit of buttery oak, hints of honeycomb and a great base of soil. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and beautifully focused, with crisp acids, beautiful structure and a superb grip on the very long, reserved and intensely flavored finish. Very high class juice. 93+ Inner quote mark (6/2011)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2009 Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard is the most vibrant, mineral-laced of these 2009 Chardonnays. Clean, mineral notes frame the fruit all the way through to the vibrant, pointed finish. This is a terrific effort from Rhys. Bright citrus and crushed rocks frame the finish. The 2007, which I tasted alongside it, has aged gracefully. (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2011)

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