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2012 Rhys Alpine Vineyard Chardonnay

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RATINGS

96The Wine Advocate

Absolutely stunning!.. incredible notes of flinty minerality, green citrus, lemon curd and exotic flowers, ...builds on the palate, with medium to full-bodied richness, vibrant acidity and a clean, laser-focused finish

94Vinous / IWC

Attractive scents of lemon peel, apricot, slate and chamomile...offers exceptional finesse in a brilliant style long on focus and tension. This is pure class.

90Wine Spectator

Aromas of cream, spice, citrus and apple give this a complex scent. Creamy and zesty on the palate, with lively pineapple, tropical fruit and lemon-lime notes, ending long and clean.

REGION

United States, California, Santa Cruz Mountains

Santa Cruz Mountains AVA includes high elevation territory in the counties of Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Mateo. The AVA follows the coast line from San Francisco to Monterey with elevations from 400 feet to 3,000 feet above sea level. There are 1,500 vineyard acres and the AVA was established in 1981. Despite the challenging terrain in these rugged mountains and hills, highly esteemed wineries have been located here since the early 20th century, when Paul Masson, a Frenchman by birth, started making sparkling wine in the area. By the 1970s vineyards were growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Numerous microclimates within the AVA offer viticulturists diverse growing conditions, and many varietals are grown successfully.

TYPE

White Wine, Chardonnay

This white variety originated in Burgundy, but is now grown around the world. Its flexibility to thrive in many regions translates to wide flavor profile in the market. Chardonnay is commonly used in making Champagne and sparkling wines.