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Rhys Vineyards




Anderson Valley

Grape Variety:


Alpine Vineyard, Chardonnay, 2017

Tasting Note:

With all the finesse and precision of a finely sharpened handmade knife, Alpine Chardonnay is all about elegance, poise and glistening, translucent fruit. The Alpine vineyard, perched on a steep ledge gazing out to the Pacific has very thin top soils directly over white chalky shale. It is a cool site, directly influenced by the Pacific, that has produced a wine of exceptional class and refinement in 2017, with sweet lemon, sea salt and lime leaf notes that meld seamlessly into lemongrass, lemon tart and a fine smooth stoniness. Seamlessly constructed, fresh and pure while also ripe and generous, with an invigorating spark of acidity on the finish; this looks set to grow with a year or two in bottle - there certainly seem to be hidden depths to this beautifully poised maritime influenced, Mountain Chardonnay.

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