This continues to be one of the best Chardonnay's made anywhere. Light golden in color with slight green swirls, clear and bright. The nose has lemon curd, minerality, and vanilla. Full bodied. Good acidity. On the palate, lemon curd and vanilla with great minerality. Still quite young, this should drink well for the next ten to fifteen years. It went great with soft cheeses and also some vegetarian Indian food.
This is the base Pinot from Rhys. Ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice with cherries, slight black cherries, and slight sour cherries. Medium bodied. Some depth and complexity. Still youthful. On the palate, sour cherries and cherries with slight char and spice. Nice finish. This is chugging along nicely. It won't get better but should mature and continue to drink well for another ten to twelve years. It drinks well on its own but will work better food. Roasted chicken or duck is a nice choice.
Another great showing for this wine, but it did take some time to open. In addition, it seemed a bit different in profile than prior years (less oak and lemon, more grapefruit and salinity). Not better or worse, just different. Golden in color with a slight green hue. On the nose, grapefruits, smoke/gunpowder with a streak of salinity. Full bodied. On the palate, tart grapefruit, a hint of almonds and some salinity. Nice acidity. Long finish. This should drink well for the next 12 to 15 years. This drinks great on its own but will be even better with food. It worked well with qu
Another example of why Rhys is one of my favorite Chardonnay's from anywhere. Light golden in color with slight green hues. Clear and bright. The nose is gorgeous with lemon curd, minerality, and vanilla. Full bodied. Solid acidity. On the palate those flavors carry thru. Lemon curd and vanilla with great minerality. Just delicious. The bottle is drained quickly. Long finish. These drink so beautifully young, they do shut down a bit after a few years and then re-open at around age 7 to 10 for another decade. Great on their own, these work great with crisp or lighter foods.
I just love this vineyard (across multiple producers) and Jamie's take on it is excellent. Light golden in color. The nose is beautiful with lemons, vanilla, a noticeable (but not overdone) note of toasty oak and slight almond flour note. Full bodied. On the palate, this is on the bigger side but no bomb. Great acidity. Lively with energy. It is delicious. Lemon fruit with a touch of toast and vanilla. Long finish. This seems like it should easily go ten to fifteen more years. It went wonderfully with a chopped veggie salad that included asparagus and drinks great on its own.
This is drinking great right now. Everything one could want in a Santa Cruz Pinot Noir. Deep ruby in color with purple swirls. The nose has cherries, candied cherries and slight cherry cough drops with just a hint of clean earthiness. Medium bodied. On the palate, this has layers of cherry fruits with underlying earthiness. Lovely, slightly lush texture with a slickness that makes it so drinkable. Nice finish. This seems to be closing in on peak but may still develop more. Either way, it should easily do ten to twelve more years.
This is from one of the top producers of Pinot Noir in California. Stylistically, it is more feminine in style but still packs plenty of sunshine and fruit. Deep ruby in color. The nose has cherries and candied cherries with slight spice and earthiness. On the palate, this is medium to full bodied. Nice acidity. There is some depth as it unwinds in the glass. Still drinking quite young and this will continue to improve for the next five to seven years. It should drink well over the next ten to fifteen years. Great on its own, it will work well with roasted fowl or veggies. More ce
One of my favorite Chardonnays from one of my favorite regions for producing Chardonnay. This is fantastic. Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose is great with a stony minerality, vanilla cream, chalk and sea air. On the palate, this is medium body but concentrated and powerful. A nice streak of acidity balances the lemon-vanilla cream notes with an underlying minerality. Long finish. This is still very young of course and should continue to gain complexity. It needs five more years until peak and should be great drinking for ten to fifteen after that. This seems like i
The Alesia wines from Rhys are made with purchased fruit. It is similar to the Rhys Chards but for my tastes, not quite at that level. Light gold/green in color. The nose is nice with lemons, vanilla cream and spice. On the palate, this is medium bodied. Nice acidic cut. The lemon and vanilla carry thru. Good clean finish. This drinks well on its own but will work well with sea food or lighter dishes. Drink over the next ten years.
This winery is fast becoming one of my favorites for Chardonnay and Santa Crus is definitely my favorite region in the world for Chardonnay. That is a pretty bold statement but there it is. Light golden in color. The nose has lemons, lemon candy, minerals and slight vanilla. On the palate, this is ever so slightly sweet/ripe with lemons and great minerality. It has such great energy and cut. It glides down the palate, and lasts forever. Delicious. Complex. This is obviously young but seems like it should be a twenty year wine. It drinks great on its own but will work well with sea