2018 Rhys Vineyards Bearwallow Vineyard Chardonnay Anderson Valley
John Gilman - "The 2018 Bearwallow Chardonnay from Rhys Vineyards comes in at a cool and classy 12.5% octane this year and offers up a simply stellar aromatic constellation of apple, pear, a gorgeous base of Mendocino soil tones, gentle notes of honeysuckle and white lilies, citrus zest, a hint of more savory elements (wild fennel?) and a refined framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and very energetic on the backend, with a superb core of fruit, lovely soil signature and grip and a very, very long, lifted and complex finish. This seems to me to be the best vintage of Bearwallow Chardonnay I have yet tasted from Rhys!"
Vinous - "The 2018 Chardonnay Bearwallow Vineyard is endowed with tremendous poise and balance. Light tropical notes, marzipan and lemon oil open up first in a Chardonnay loaded with character. Bright acids play off a creamy expression of fruit. Rich and textured yet also light on its feet, the Bearwallow Chardonnay has a ton to offer. It is another brilliant wine in this lineup from Rhys."
Jeb Dunnuck - "Coming from a site in the Anderson Valley, the 2018 Chardonnay Bearwallow Vineyard shows its normal Burgundian style and has a gorgeous perfume of crushed citrus, lemon curd, white flowers, and salty minerality. Complex and nuanced aromatically, it hits the palate with a racy, steely texture that carries good concentration and mid-palate density, bright acidity, and a saliva-inducing finish. 92+"
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