2016 Rhys Alesia Anderson Valley Chardonnay

Chardonnay - 750ML
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JD 93

jebdunnuck.com, February 2019

The 2016 Chardonnay Anderson Valley from the team at Rhys knocks it out of the park, and I suspect it’s a screaming value. White peach, apple blossom, spice, and some white flower notes all flow to a medium-bodied...
WA 90

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2018

The 2016 Alesia Chardonnay Anderson Valley offers up an inviting bouquet of green orchard fruit, struck match, blanched almonds and subtle nutmeg. On the palate, it's medium-bodied and succulent, with a more rounded...


Color & Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Mendocino
Sub-appellation Anderson Valley
Vintage 2016
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 12.5%
Closure Cork

The 2016 Rhys Alesia Anderson Valley Chardonnay is a stunning expression of California Chardonnay that embodies elegance and complexity. With its enticing bouquet and seamless profile, this wine is sure to captivate the senses and leave a lasting impression.

In the glass, this Chardonnay displays a beautiful pale golden color that shimmers with brilliance. The nose is immediately greeted by a symphony of aromas, including green orchard fruit, struck match, blanched almonds, and subtle nutmeg. These fragrances intermingle harmoniously, creating a captivating olfactory experience.

On the palate, the 2016 Alesia Chardonnay showcases its medium-bodied nature with a succulent and rounded texture. It offers a more giving profile compared to its Santa Cruz Mountains counterpart, yet still maintains excellent cut and vitality. The wine dances across the tongue, revealing flavors of white peach, apple blossom, and delicate spice notes. These flavors are complemented by hints of white flowers, adding an additional layer of complexity.

The finish of this Chardonnay is youthfully chalky, leaving a sense of freshness and vibrancy. It is clear that this wine has great aging potential, and one can expect it to drink well for the better part of a decade. The 12.5% alcohol content contributes to the wine's overall elegance, allowing the true character of the Chardonnay grape to shine through.

Renowned wine critic Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded the 2016 Alesia Chardonnay Anderson Valley a score of 90, further cementing its excellence. Jeb Dunnuck also recognized its quality, awarding it an impressive score of 93. Both critics praised its character, elegance, and value, solidifying its status as a truly exceptional wine.

From the prestigious Rhys winery, this Anderson Valley Chardonnay showcases the incredible potential of California's North Coast region. With its complexity, elegance, and aging potential, this wine is a true gem that will surely impress even the most discerning wine connoisseurs.