Rhys Vineyards Bearwallow Vineyard Chardonnay 2016
Made from a selection of the best free run barrels, this is a great introduction to Chardonnay from hillsides of the “Deep End” of Anderson Valley. It offers the verve and balance that Rhys’ Chardonnay customers expect with delicious, early charm and a spicy finish reminiscent of the Bearwallow Pinot. The 2016 Chardonnay Bearwallow Vineyard is lovely, exhibiting youthful but expressive notes of apple, white peach and a touch of green herbs, subtly framed by a judicious application of new oak. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied, with bright acids that lend the wine focus and delineation, with good concentration and a chalky, mouthwatering finish. The additional tension and intensity that this possesses over the Alesia Anderson Valley bottling-also derived from Bearwallow Vineyard-reflects how selective, both at the press and in the cellar, the Rhys team is in determining what makes the cut. Follow it for the coming decade or more. Starting with the Chardonnays, the 2016 Chardonnay Bearwallow Vineyard comes from Anderson Valley and offers a medium-bodied, fresh, elegant, almost feminine profile as well as classy citrus zest, crushed rocks, and white flowers. With beautiful purity of fruit and a great texture, it’s already delicious yet should keep for 7-8 years.