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Rhys Vineyards, 2014 Rhys Chardonnay Bearwallow Vineyard

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"Harvey's 2014 Chardonnay Bearwallow Vineyard is classy, orchard fruit, white peach and honeysuckle-scented effort that has notable richness, a balanced, layered texture and a touch of minerality and toastiness on the finish. It's ideal for drinking over the coming 4-6 years."
–Oct-16
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Rhys Vineyards, 2014 Rhys Chardonnay Bearwallow Vineyard

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"Candied lemon, orange peel, yellow orchard fruit, smoke, butter and pineapple are some of the signatures in the 2014 Chardonnay Bearwallow Vineyard. I especially like the way the 2014 picks up freshness and aromatic lift with time in the glass. The long, silky finish only adds to the wine's considerable appeal."
–Jul-16

Rhys Vineyards, 2014 Rhys Chardonnay Bearwallow Vineyard

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2014 Rhys Chardonnay Bearwallow Vineyard
Rhys Vineyards

VINEYARD: All estate fruit from the Bearwallow Vineyard down the deep end of Anderson Valley. 8 acres planted. Vine material - Wente, Hyde and Mt Eden - selected from best vines on Alpine. Elevation is 400-700ft.

VINIFICATION: Whole cluster press (oxidatively) and juice rack overnight for several hours. From tank into 20% new French Oak, custom made Damy barriques (3 yr seasoning, light toast) for extra tight grain. The wines take about a year to go dry. No inoculation for either primary or malolactic fermentation. No racking nor battonage. Wine then goes into tank with the gross lees for an additional 4-6 months before bottling. No stirring in tank.

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