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2006 Rhys Vineyards Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2008

($49) Light yellow. Vibrant, mineral-driven citrus and pear aromas are underscored by smoky minerals and white flowers. Spicy, sharply focused citrus and orchard fruit flavors coat the palate while maintaining an appealing nervosite An impressively deft blend of energy and depth here, and the stony finish is strikingly pure and persistent.

92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...

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The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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