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2007 Rhys Vineyards Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2009

($49) Light yellow. Seductive perfume of pear, sweet butter, hazelnut and nougat, with a strong mineral underpinning. Tangy, sharply focused citrus flavors are complemented by smoky minerals and a hint of honeysuckle. The minerality gains strength on the long, sappy, smoky finish, adding impressive energy and cut. This is balanced to reward cellaring but there's a lot going on right now.

92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Chardonnay

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