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2009 Rhys Vineyards Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains
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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2011

Vivid yellow.  Musky aromas of chamomile, pear skin, anise and iodine, with suave floral and gingerbread notes emerging with aeration.  Juicy and broad on entry, then a bit tighter in the middle, offering densely packed orchard fruit flavors and notes of smoke and honeysuckle.  More powerful than the Horseshoe but no less animated.  This complex and tactile chardonnay boasts an intriguing interplay of ripe fruit and energetic spices.  Finishes on a gently smoky note, with excellent persistence. 

93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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