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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 3 
ProducerRhys (web)
VineyardSkyline Vineyard
SubRegionSan Francisco Bay
AppellationSanta Cruz Mountains

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2016 and 2028 (based on 6 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Rhys Syrah Skyline Vineyard on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.1 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 17 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by lozatron on 1/10/2015: Closed. I would not buy Rhys syrahs with under 10 years of age in the future... (1494 views)
 Tasted by BklynNeophyte on 11/22/2014: A curious wine for the 3 of us who tasted. A beautiful wine that evolved, advanced, regressed, exhibited by tannins, then fruit, then tannins, etc. it was impossible to predict one taste after another. Most times, the aromas were of red fruits, mostly bitter cherry. We tasted over 2 days. The color was red with few syrah characteristics both on the nose and palate. We wanted to like it and we did, but not as a syrah. We opened a 2007 Bedrock Kick Ranch to compare. This needs more time. Lots of dark fruit and classic Syrah road tar, as well as a bit of Brett that blew off. Sweeter than the Rhys and more alcohol. This was coming around as the hours passes, but never shone. Finally, an evidently poorly stored 2003 Guigal brune et blonde, which should be singing and did a few years ago from a different lot. Instead, with this one, the prunes and raisins were giggling within 12 hours. (1347 views)
 Tasted by MitchL on 11/22/2014 & rated 86 points: Not bad, just very closed. A little more open the second day. I was very excited to try this so was disappointed. I'll wait a few years to try the 2010. (1337 views)
 Tasted by Frank Murray III on 8/10/2014: Syrah comes in several forms. In tonight's form, when I went to the cellar, I wanted something that was on the savory side, lower alc, cool climate, and I was apprehensive to some degree when I saw some of the other notes in CT. For sure, when the wine was first opened, it was kind of lean, bland. This needed 2 hours of air to add some flesh, and with the 2nd glass tonight, that air helps to give it some intensity. There is some olive here, some game, sour cherry/blueberry and savory. These markers can turn off some syrah drinkers, depending on what end of the spectrum one finds their syrah palate. Those flavors are here and even in the finish, solid acidity and some chalk. So, from the standpoint of open and pour, this is not recommended...with the added day of air, this really reminds me a lot of the Wind Gap syrahs, all of the savory, saline and red fruits in a medium weight package. This is distinctive in style and it's going to miss the mark with some and I suspect there will be a camp that truly dislikes this wine, yet for me it's sincere, cool climate, cluster driven syrah. As to a drink window, hmmm. As much as I like acid and structure, with air this to me drinks well and really loosened up so I don't see any reason against enjoying now, although I do think the wine can sit another 3-4 years and be just fine. (1954 views)
 Tasted by Michael Davidson on 10/19/2013: Similar to notes below, I didn't get much from this wine. It's possible it will blossom into something special, but I don't detect much stuffing there. (2497 views)
 Tasted by TLR on 9/30/2013 & rated 88 points: This wine is obviously not in a good spot right now. Very muffled. Decanted for 3 hours and then drank over 2 it was just not great fabulous that I hear about. The last hour it smoothed out and really came on and maybe showed that it was worthy of all the accolades. Let this rest at least 5 - 10 more years. (2275 views)
 Tasted by cubswinws on 9/30/2013 & rated 90 points: Nice cool climate syrah with nice balance and acidity. Drinking well at present (2519 views)
 Tasted by bonedoc on 9/29/2013 & rated 89 points: This wine was tried w several other syrah's fom around the world. It wasn't bad, but was truly subpar. Really missing the fruit to warrant a 90 pt score, especially in the mid palate. (2113 views)
 Tasted by youngjc1 on 9/6/2013 & rated 93 points: Popped and poured, although perhaps I should have decanted. I quite like this wine. The nose shows a lot of tannin and dark fruit. However, on the tongue it is actually fairly smooth. There is dark fruit, but also quite a bit of fresh cherry on the finish. Some bramble, no doubt from the whole clusters. Will be interested to see how my other bottle evolves. (1953 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 11/4/2012: Tasted at the Rhys pickup. Black fruit and smoke on the nose, some anise; powerful and tannic palate (thought the tannins are quite fine), yet still has an elegance and charm to it, this is very primary today, and in my opinion will likely require a few years to even be approachable. (2266 views)
 Tasted by sethmlong on 9/28/2011: Tasted blind. Inky black purple. Very pretty purple aromatics of lilac, lavender and violet along with cinnamon stick, sandstone minerality and cherry pit. Stout tannin, decent acidity and a lovely bitter cocoa texture. Intense and persistent with low alcohol. The whole cluster aspect to this wine is beautiful and integrated. This wine is strikingly accessible yet displays complexity and finesse without being overbearing. Decant and savor. (2933 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 1/28/2011 & rated 93 points: 2009 Rhys Tasting with Kevin Harvey and Jeff Brinkman (Rhys Cave, Skyline Vineyard, San Mateo, California): Barrel sample - dark black red violet color; lavender, subtle green herb, baked plum nose; tasty, rich, baked berry, black fruit, poised, plum palate with rather a diffuse finish at the moment; medium-plus finish 93-95 pts. (100% whole cluster; less than 10% new French oak) (2775 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, May/June 2012, IWC Issue #162
(Rhys Vineyards Syrah Skyline Vineyard Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jeb Dunnuck
The Rhone Report, Issue #10 (12/4/2011)
(Rhys Syrah Skyline Vineyard) Login and sign up and see review text.   93+ points
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, May/Jun 2011, Issue #33, Recently Tasted California Wines The Search for Traditionalists Turns Up A Crowd
(Rhys Vineyards “Skyline Vineyard” Syrah) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/28/2011)
(Rhys Syrah Skyline Vineyard) Barrel sample - dark black red violet color; lavender, subtle green herb, baked plum nose; tasty, rich, baked berry, black fruit, poised, plum palate with rather a diffuse finish at the moment; medium-plus finish 93-95 pts. (100% whole cluster; less than 10% new French oak)  93 points
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2009 Rhys Syrah Skyline Vineyard

2009 Rhys Skyline Vineyard Syrah
The single acre of densely planted Syrah at Skyline produces a very unusual California Syrah. The warm red fruit, very low alcohol and spicy, soil driven complexity combine to make a completely unique and singular wine. With perfect ripeness, loads of spice and a firm finish, this 2009 is a great example of Syrah grown on this rocky site.


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California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

Santa Cruz Mountains

Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association | Wikipedia

Once referred to by wine writers as the Chaine d'Or -- or "golden chain" -- the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA sits above Silicon Valley, running along the craggy range next to the Pacific on some of the prettiest parts of Northern California. The area supports more than 75 wineries, despite being limited by geography and high land prices.

In 1981 the Santa Cruz Mountains Viticultural Appellation became federally recognized, one of the first American viticultural areas to be defined by geophysical and climatic factors. The appellation encompasses the Santa Cruz Mountain range, from Half Moon Bay in the north, to Mount Madonna in the south. The east and west boundaries are defined by elevation, extending down to 800 feet in the east and 400 feet in the west.

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