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2010 Rhys "Alpine Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay

SKU #1153568 95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Pale yellow, with a green hue. More mineral-driven than the Horseshoe bottling, displaying scents of candied citrus fruits, pear, anise, honeysuckle and sea salt. Pure and incisive on the palate, with strikingly pure lime, lemon and pear flavors complicated by floral and mineral qualities. Lingers with outstanding intensity, leaving notes of iodine, licorice and lime zest behind. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/2012)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2010 Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard is a much deeper, vertical wine that fills out all layers of dimension and flavor. Crushed rocks, white flowers and lemon are some of the notes that flow from this powerful, intense Chardonnay. The Alpine is all about tension and energy. I loved it. (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2012)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark An appealing white, with vibrant green apple and citrus notes. Shows delicacy and restraint, accented by touches of honeysuckle, mint and spice. Holds focus on the finish. Drink now through 2020. (JL) Inner quote mark (12/2013)

K&L Notes

The estate wines of Rhys Vineyards are made from organic and biodynamically farmed fruit. Owner Kevin Harvey and winemaker Jeff Brinkman continue to fashion truly remarkable wines, indeed they are consistently among the best examples that California has to offer. At each of their vineyards sites over 75% of the land is left in a completely natural state. In addition to the native wildlife, they plant herbs, flowers, vegetables and grain crops while free ranging chickens and sheep also help naturally fertilize the vineyards. This is all part of their philosophy that creating a living soil creates better wine. Their winemaking process, from harvest to bottling, is based on a gravity system and the wines are never pumped, fined, or filtered. Readers should be aware that the Rhys wines are clearly fashioned in a built-to-age style and thus are most assuredly not intended to show their best young. Thus, I would suggest that if you're going to buy them, do so with the intent to allow for at least a few years of bottle age.


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