Another spectacular Chardonnay from Rhys. This is probably my favorite bottling. Opened to celebrate a friend's 40th and finished the rest on the following night. It was great both nights but a bit better on night 2. Light golden in color. The nose is sensational. Yes, there is some oak showing but the nose is so pretty and enticing with lemon cream and vanilla. On the palate, this has a slightly soft texture, with great lemon fruit. Some vanilla as well. Great acidity. Plenty of depth. Long finish. This is not a fruit bomb but it does have a big personality. It will go with al
Rhys Chardonnay's are some of the best anywhere. Some say they have a Burgundian quality to them, and that may be true, but they are also clearly from California. Sunshine and ripeness. This one was gorgeous. Light golden in color. The nose has a great minerality with nice minerals and lemon cream. On the palate, it is delicious but lean. Great acidity. Nice lemony notes. Long finish. Sometimes these wines can shut down after a few years, so this should be drunk soon, or put it away for another five years or more.
Excellent wine that really needs some time. Lots of upside potential here. Light golden in color. The nose is fat (for Chablis) with red fugi apples over a nice chalky base. On the palate, this has a soft texture with good if not great acidity. It is delicious. Lots going on with tight layers of complexity. Long finish. Perhaps not a classic sort of Chablis, yet, it is an outstanding chardonnay.
This is an outstanding Chablis that shows the vintage very well. Lean yet, powerful. Light silvery/gold in color. The nose is classic with green apples. Nice minerality too. On the palate, this broadens across the palate, yet has nice green apple notes with good acidity. An underlying minerality too. It presents almost as two styles at the same time. Delicious though. Will work with lighter foods, seafood and poultry dishes. Still young and has some upside.
This is a project from the owners of Domaine Serene in Oregon. Light green/gold in color. The nose is chalky with slight vanilla and slight lemons. On the palate, this is a big and fruity Chardonnay. Quite tasty. Lemony with a slightly sweet-tart candied note which is nice. Big and long finish. Perhaps a bit atypical for the vintage but a very nice wine that would go with a wide variety of lighter and medium weight foods.
Silvery gold in color. This has a really great nose. Clean with just a touch of oak showing. Salinity and ref apples. With air, some citrus emerges. On the palate, the apples come thru. There is underlying minerality. While the wine has a rich fat texture, it has enough acidity to work with. Good finish but there is a touch of oak/harshness. The wine seems to be drinking quite well right now, but may (or not) get a bit better. Still, it seems prudent to drink these younger. It will match well with sea food and lighter fare.
Light golden in color with slight green tinges. The nose is very nice with some lemon cream and underlying minerality. This has a nice smokiness to it and also a bit of salinity. On the palate, this is a bit fat and more acidity would be nice. That said, it has lovely lemon fruit and a nice minerality. Good finish. It would work well with some rich seafood dishes.
Light green gold in color. The nose is nice with slight vanilla, lots of minerality and some lemon. Also, with air, some eucalyptus/minty notes. On the palate, this is crisp and lean (in a good way). Less oak showing on the palate. Nice clean finish. This should work nicely with sea food and lighter foods. Youthful, it should age out a bit over the next ten years.