Rhys, Anderson Valley, "Bearwallow Vineyard'' Chardonnay 2014

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93 points John Gilman

This is also the first vintage of vineyard-designated chardonnay produced from the Bearwallow Vineyard. Kevin Harvey and his team purchased Bearwallow in 2008, which at the time was planted only to pinot noir, and they put their chardonnay into the ground the following year, so this is the produce of five year-old vines. However, high density planting and a close eye on yields has produced a 2014 chardonnay here that has plenty of intensity of flavor and little young vine character. This is more reserved and more serious in personality than the very lovely Anderson Valley bottling, offering up a deep and youthfully complex bouquet of fresh pineapple, pear, a touch of French butter, complex soil tones, citrus blossoms and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and zesty, with a good core, fine focus and grip, nascent complexity and impeccable balance on the long and still quite primary finish. I really love the elegance and personality of this wine, which augurs so well for down the road, as I can only imagine how good this wine is going to be when the vines are twenty-five years of age! Again, this is really a fine glass of wine today, but at least a couple of years in the cellar are highly recommended. Drink between 2018-2030. 93+ (08/2016)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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. (JD) (10/2016)

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