Rhys "Alesia" Chardonnay 2018 (Anderson Valley, California) - [VM 92] [JD 90]

Rhys "Alesia" Chardonnay 2018
(Anderson Valley, California) - [VM 92] [JD 90]

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About the vineyard:
Located over 100 miles north of San Francisco, the wine producing reputation of this beautiful, remote valley has been steadily climbing for decades. The 16 mile long, transverse valley extends from the southeast to the northwest and becomes increasingly cool as it nears the Pacific Ocean. The geology in the valley is quite diverse but includes a band of rocky southwest facing hillsides that produce intense, mineral driven wines of great elegance. We selected the site for our Bearwallow vineyard in the coolest northwest corner or “Deep End” of the valley where we have planted 31 acres on the rocky slopes.

Ratings & Reviews

92 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2018 Chardonnay (Anderson Valley), all from Bearwallow, is surprisingly tightly wound, which won’t be an issue in time, but readers should not be looking at this as an easygoing wine for near-term drinking. Bright acids give the orchard fruit, citrus confit and floral notes a good bit of energy. There is a lot to like here. Light tropical accents develop with air, rounding out the finish nicely.
" - Antonio Galloni (Sep 2020)

92 Points - John Gilman:
"The 2018 Alesia Chardonnay from Rhys is really lovely, coming in clocked at a cool 12.8% octane and offering up a vibrant and generous bouquet of apple, casaba melon, white lilies, a fine base of gently salty soil tones and a discreet foundation of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and beautifully proportioned, with a fine core, lovely soil undertow, zesty acids and excellent balance and grip on the long, complex and very refined finish. This strikes me as fine as any example of Alesia Chardonnay I have tasted to date!" (5/2020)

90 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
Starting with the 2018 Chardonnay Anderson Valley Alesia from the value-priced lineup from Rhys, it offers a vivid gold hue as well as bright, Chablis-like notes of lemon curd, salty, chalky minerality, crushed citrus, and a kiss of sappy flowers. These carry to a more medium-bodied Chardonnay that shows more sweet fruit and texture than you'd expect from the nose, and it's a charming, fleshy, ready to go beauty to enjoy over the coming 2-4 years." (9/9/2020)