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Rhys Vineyards, 2014 Rhys Chardonnay Anderson Valley

"There's 500 cases of the 2014 Chardonnay Anderson Valley, which represents a fabulous value. Fermented and aged in 20% new French oak, on lees, with no battonage, it has a touch of tropical characteristics as well as citrus blossom, crushed rocks and ample toasted bread and nuttiness that emerges more on the palate. Clean, classy, impeccably balanced and elegant, buy it by the case and drink bottles over the coming 3-4 years."

Rhys Vineyards, 2014 Rhys Chardonnay Anderson Valley

Rhys Vineyards, 2014 Rhys Chardonnay Anderson Valley

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2014 Rhys Chardonnay Anderson Valley
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.

- 23 barrels(225L) produced.

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