Rhys 2015 Chardonnay Bearwallow Vineyard, Anderson Valley, California
– All estate fruit from Bearwallow Vineyard down the deep end of Anderson Valley
– Whole cluster pressed oxidatively
– Fermented in barrique for about a year until dry, no racking or battonage
– Aged in tank for an additional 4-6 months before bottling
”While driving northwest on Hwy 128 through the “Deep End” of Anderson Valley, it is difficult not to be struck by the majesty of Bearwallow Vineyard. As you round the bend, the sight of the steep vineyard-covered hills rising above the redwoods is quite spectacular. After tasting many examples of the elegant, mineral driven Pinot Noir that these “Deep End” hills can produce we were extremely excited to be able to acquire such a prime site in 2008.” -Rhys Vineyards
A broad, ample wine, the 2015 Chardonnay Bearwallow Vineyard is full of lovely textural richness and breadth. Orange peel, tangerine and exotic spice notes are pushed forward, with an attractive hint of reduction that adds character. This is a distinctly oily, creamy style of Chardonnay from Rhys.