2007 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)

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California, Chardonnay, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains, USA, White Wine

Great wine. Very classy, very atypical for CA Chardonnay. No butterscotch, not high alcohol, not blowsy. This is a different style altogether. Lovely pale yellow color, and mineral and citrus laden palate that gives you the textural impression of fresh spring water. The fruit is fine and cool, and the length is admirable. It’s a more elegant and complex version of the Varner Amphitheater Chards (no disrespect to varner, I love their wines). Brilliant wine, unfortunately, not easy to procure.

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I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.

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