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Rhys Vineyards 'Mt. Pajaro' Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains, California 2017

  • $120.00
CHARDONNAY
TART & FRESH and MINERAL
ORGANIC FARMING
CRITIC SCORE 90+ and COLLECTIBLE & CELLAR-WORTHY
SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS, CENTRAL COAST, and CALIFORNIA
USA

Mt. Pajaro is the sixth Santa Cruz Mountain vineyard and the most recent addition to the Rhys estate vineyard portfolio.

  • Winemaker: Jeff Brinkman
  • Farming: Organic
  • Variety: Chardonnay
  • Terroir: 18 acre vineyard with very dense, tightly spaced grapevines selected from their best experimental blocks at Alpine vineyard. 717'-980' above sea level. Topsoils range from 12" to 18" over brown and black shale.
  • Vinification: Hand-harvested, cold soaked, whole cluster pressed, native-yeast fermentation and resting for 1 year in barrel, 15% of which is new French oak. Natural malolactic fermentation, no racking or battonage.
  • Aging: Elevage for 1 year in 15% new French oak on gross lees, then moved to stainless steel tank for 6-8 months before bottling.
  • Tasting Notes: Lean, with intense oyster-shell salinity and bright orchard fruit, lemon curd, plus white peaches, honeysuckle, and tarragon, with a complex and tightly woven palate.  Long-aging ability.
  • Scores: Wine Advocate: 92, Vinous: 92, Jeb Dunnick: 93+