The 2018 Alesia chardonnay from Rhys is really lovely, coming in clocked at a cool 12.8
percent octane and offering up a vibrant and generous bouquet of apple, casaba melon, white
lilies, a fine base of gently salty soil tones and a discreet foundation of vanillin oak. On the palate
the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and beautifully proportioned, with a fine core, lovely soil
undertow, zesty acids and excellent balance and grip on the long, complex and very refined
finish. This strikes me as fine as any example of Alesia chardonnay I have tasted to date! 2020-
The 2018 Chardonnay (Anderson Valley), all from Bearwallow, is surprisingly tightly wound, which won’t be an issue in time, but readers should not be looking at this as an easygoing wine for near-term drinking. Bright acids give the orchard fruit, citrus confit and floral notes a good bit of energy. There is a lot to like here. Light tropical accents develop with air, rounding out the finish nicely.
Produced entirely from fruit from our Bearwallow estate vineyard, the 2018 Anderson Valley Chardonnay shows all of the charm, detail and elegance of its single vineyard counterpart in a ready-to-drink package. Displaying forward notes of apple and white flowers and the kind of site transparency that belies its value, the Anderson Valley Chardonnay makes for a terrific food-friendly daily drinker and should continue to improve over the next 3-5 years.