Bearwallow Vineyard, Chardonnay
    Rhys Vineyards

    Bearwallow Vineyard, Chardonnay,

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    Rhys Vineyards, Bearwallow Vineyard, Chardonnay, 2020

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Rhys Vineyards, Bearwallow Vineyard, Chardonnay, 2020

    A touch of cream and fine salt, plenty of flavour here, perhaps less elegance than the Mt. Pajaro, but more cut and depth. A touch more fruit weight here and more dry extract. Fresh stone fruit, touches of lemon flesh, there’s simply more to chew on here. To Jeff’s mind there’s always “an earthiness to Bearwallow that keeps some of the fruit in check”. The best Bearwallow Chardonnay we’ve tasted, and a new wine for us to offer as a result.

    ABV:
    12.5%
    92/100
    Antonio Galloni, Vinous
    The 2020 Chardonnay Bearwallow Vineyard is bright, energetic and nicely focused. Lively acids run through a core of citrus and orchard fruit, with expressive floral notes that develop later, adding lift. Medium in body and nicely delineated, the 2020 is a winner. Saline notes underpin the finish. I especially admire the focus here.
    Date Reviewed:
    11/2022

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    country:
    USA
    region:
    California
    style:
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    Allergen Information:
    This product may contain sulphites. Full allergen information is available upon request, please call our Customer Relations Team on +44 (0)20 7484 6430.
    Rhys Vineyards

    Rhys Vineyards

    Kevin Harvey’s Rhys Vineyards has built up a near cult like following in just a decade of releases. His bottlings of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah from both the Santa Cruz Mountains and now also the Anderson Valley in Mendocino are rightly seen as amongst the very top echelon of wines produced anywhere in the United States.

    Everything about these wines speaks of attention to detail and a deep commitment to making great wine. From purchasing uncoopered staves of the finest French oak a full four years prior to cooperage, to the vast underground purpose built winemaking cellar, no detail is left to chance. In the often steep vineyards, vine density is extremely high and as a result farming is entirely manual and very labour intensive. In the winery, vinification is carried out at a micro-level in tiny 4ft square vats: fermentations are native and everything is gravity-fed without pumping, fining or filtration. In essence, the wines are given kid gloves treatment, and then aged in almost neutral French barrels, so better to promote the site specific characters of the vineyards in the portfolio.

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