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2012 Rhys "Alpine Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay

SKU #1201448 96 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2012 Alpine Vineyard Chardonnay from Kevin Harvey and his very talented team at Rhys Vineyards is another absolutely brilliant bottle of Chardonnay. The wine is a touch riper than the Horseshoe bottling, coming in at 13.3% alcohol and offering a stellar bouquet of pear, white peach, iodine, a touch of acacia blossom, a bit of crème patissière, complex soil tones and a nice base of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and snappy, with a superb core of fruit, laser-like focus, great mineral drive and a very long, very young and very classy finish. This is simply a stunning bottle in the making, with grand cru authority, but it is still a puppy and needs plenty of bottle age to unwind from behind its racy and soil-driven structure. It is the best Chardonnay I have tasted to date from Rhys, and their legacy with this grape has already been very impressive indeed, but I have the sense that the 2012 Alpine Chardonnay has taken this varietal to a new level at Rhys Vineyards! 96+ Inner quote mark (8/2014)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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. (JD) Inner quote mark (4/2015)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark 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. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/2014)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2012 Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard opens with attractive scents of lemon peel, apricot, slate and chamomile. Slightly reductive in its aromatics and persistent on the finish, the 2012 offers exceptional finesse in a brilliant style long on focus and tension. This is pure class. (AG) Inner quote mark (7/2015)

93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark All four Chardonnays made at owner Kevin Harvey’s spare-no-expense winery are terrific. This one comes from a steep, chalky vineyard at 365m to 454m elevation, only 16km from the Pacific. I love its bright, racy, super-pure flavours, its coiled power, precision and focus, and its crushed rock complexity. Deep and full-bodied, it has the lean elegance and long finish of a top Meursault. (EM) Inner quote mark


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