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|Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2023 (based on 5 user opinions)|
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Community Tasting Notes (average 9 notes) - and median of 91 pts. in hiding notes with no text
| ||Tasted by Frank Murray III on 10/11/2014: Rhys Tasting With The Gang (My House): Tasted alongside the 2007 Family Farm. The Home is more burly in tone than the FF, and to me the Home shows better depth. My notes say "darker' and I believe that was reference to the fruit profile, as the fruit here was more roasted cherry and a hard candy note. (1049 views)|
| ||Tasted by steffenpelz on 4/8/2012: Very good. I brought this to an Easter Sunday lunch because I thought it would go well with the food. As always, this Rhys seemed atypical of what I have come to associate with California Pinot over the last few years. Very deep red and almost purple in color, this wine is nevertheless lithe and laced with minerality, yet it is also ripe and full of cherry fruit and underbrush. It had nice complexity and stayed interesting for the several hours we consumed it over. Most gratifyingly, the hosts of the lunch who are dear friends of ours, LOVED this Rhys and the other Rhys wines I have shared with them over the last few years. A winner of a wine for sure. (1276 views)|
| ||Tasted by Keith Levenberg on 11/28/2011: I know the official recommendation was to leave this vintage alone for awhile, but I've actually never had a closed-up Rhys - just some that were too young and fruity - so curiousity got the better of me. I'll admit it was probably a mistake. This isn't closed-up in the fashion of a Burgundy that's all structure no fruit, but it is fairly mute aromatically and fairly shy on the palate too. In fact it's probably the most mild and light-bodied wine I've ever had from Rhys but I don't know whether that reflects the wine itself or simply the intermediate place it's in. In the meantime you can enjoy it as something pleasantly mellow/slender/feminine/etc., but this vineyard can offer a hell of a lot of character when it's in a good place and none of that is here at the moment. (2536 views)|
| ||Tasted by steffenpelz on 11/25/2011: Had this on Thanksgiving Day alongside the St. Innocent Shea, and this simply eviscerated the Shea...wiped the floor with it. Although this also shows very dark fruit, there is more focus, cut, sappiness, and plain goodness than in the Shea. It's a big Pinot, but it has character. Dark cherry and blackberry fruit, earth, pine resin and a touch of spice. Great texture and finish. I have recently seen folks compare Rhys to DRC and other standard bearers of Burgundy, but I personally think that's a bit of a reach. The wine is fantastic California Pinot though, and the best California has to offer these days in my opinion. (1453 views)|
| ||Tasted by Burgundy Al on 11/12/2011 & rated 90 points: Another Saturday at Knightsbridge - mostly blind (Northbrook, IL): Tasted double blind. Started with lots of red fruit but not much else. So while clearly American Pinot, it didn't show much charm beside the good fruit. Surprisingly thin for a Rhys Pinot, I'd give this plenty of time in cellar and hope it picks up weight. (1698 views)|
| ||Tasted by alanr on 5/24/2010 & rated 89 points: Pushes all the right buttons, the body and weight are just right, medium dark flavors are there with some spice and earthy/woodsy character, but the whole cluster notes are just too much, both on the nose and palate. Not so much a green-ness, as a medicinal woody quality. A few years may do wonders for this, right now judgement reserved. One vote urging the crew at Rhys to back off on the whole cluster percentage. (1795 views)|
| ||Tasted by yhn on 6/27/2009 & rated 96 points: Nose - Very shy, black cherry, light oak, hint of blackberry.|
Zesty, smoky, raosted plum, tarragon, intense black cherry, some char, white flowers, very firm, smooth/dusty tannin. Nothing like the neighboring Family Farm. Drink '17-'32. (2078 views)
| ||Tasted by gutt22 on 3/20/2009: The nose on this makes me want to scratch my head. It is, perhaps, the most singular Pinot from the U.S. I've ever smelled or tasted. That is meant in the very best way possible. Spice, earth, black cherry, flowers, minerals all jump out of the glass, even at this early stage. In the mouth, gorgeous texture, copious amounts of fruit, and structure that is perfectly integrated. Tremendously long finish. This is only going to get better. A potentially legendary wine. A (1832 views)|
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Pinot Noir Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.
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