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2011 Rhys Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard

Anderson Valley more

7/1/2015 - t_moderne wrote: 87 points

Pop and pour and served with food (roast chicken, in case you were wondering).
Tight, bright acidity, a bit tart and showing some whole cluster herbal notes.
Bright tart berries and a hint of sandalwood on the finish.
Good but not great.

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2008 Rhys Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard

Anderson Valley more

7/1/2015 - Rieslingfan wrote: NR

Well this is my last bottle, and I am sorry to see it go. After an uninspiring childhood the '08 Bearwallow continues on a path of positive development. The balance is excellent, and while it still has quite a bit of deep berry fruit, it also has a set of aged elements that continue to develop. I would not go so far as sous bois, but there is a touch of earthiness and warm herbal aromas that add complexity. If I had any more bottles I might let them rest for 3-4 more years. The positive development of this bottling gives me confidence in aging the other Bearwallow wines.

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2010 Rhys Pinot Noir San Mateo County

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6/30/2015 - dbkitc wrote: 88 points

This opened up a fizzy, acidic mess. I double splash decanted and let it sit. Good idea for those opening now. Light colored and red fruited. Definitely tastes Burgundian. Maybe a good, village level Savigny. Lacks some layers but there is good flavor. Will improve over the mid term. (88)

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2010 Rhys Pinot Noir Swan Terrace Alpine Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

6/29/2015 - kthornton78 Likes this wine: NR

stunning. ripe raspberry fruit, a nice touch of spice, and cool herbal notes that are kept in check by firm tannic structure and acid. very reminiscent of chambolle but very much its own wine. served with beef bourguignon after double decanting 5 hours prior.

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2008 Rhys Pinot Noir Home Vineyard

San Francisco Bay more

6/28/2015 - Keith Levenberg Likes this wine: 93 points

This is evolving in a very interesting direction. I can't believe it's only been four years since release, but the wine is already in a different place while still hitting a lot of the same notes. There is a dazzling array of flavors here with most of the plush, primary fruitiness giving way to tarter fruits like dried cranberry and even a twist of candied orange peel that's extremely reminiscent of the Calera pinots - I probably would have guessed this as a Calera on a blind pour. It also still features the iron and rusty mineral flavors that were here on day one. The most enticing thing about it continues to be the texture. On the entry it's stop-you-in-your-tracks cashmere refinement, but on the back end it shows a serious grippiness.

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2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

6/29/2015 - coremill wrote: 91 points

I've never been a big fan of Alpine, which has always been just a little too ripe for me, but this is easily the best Alpine I can remember trying. Still Alpine ripeness with ripe black cherry and blueberry fruit, but it's not candied, there's none of the cola/root beer character, and the acidity is much higher than I remember in previous Alpine vintages. The whole cluster is noticeable but less overt here than in the past (IIRC Rhys dialed it back in this vintage), showing less as overt soapy lavendar and more as an earthy, spicey, dried barky character that adds nice complexity, especially on the palate rather than on the nose. There's just a hint of high-class oak. Really good concentration, very sappy, but the acidity is high so it works and there's just enough sandpapery tannins to hold the midpalate sap together. I don't see this being an especially long aging wine -- there's some structure but it's not super dense or backward with extract like some Grand Cru burgs can be -- but it is very good now and should repay mid-term cellaring.

Edit: The second half of the bottle on Day 2 shows less fruit and much more structure. The fruit profile is a little less sweet, more blackberry than blueberry, and the tannins are more noticeable and grippy/drying, without being coarse. The wine shows more complexity now too -- lots of earth/soil tones. I think on Day 1 the sappy fruit obscured how much buried structure there really is here. Best bottle of Alpine I can ever remember trying.

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2010 Rhys Pinot Noir San Mateo County

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6/28/2015 - RGCM Gananda Likes this wine: 93 points

My first bottle from Rhys and my high expectations were exceeded. Very pretty nose of red fruit, earth and light spices. Medium bodied and exceptionally well balanced. There's a lot of fruit here, but there's also plenty of background structure and acidity which keeps this solidly OUT of the fruit-forward camp and places it in the elegant and balanced camp. Red cherry and wildberry upfront with just a touch of sour cherry behind along with raspberry and plum towards the finish. Good mineral qualities and acidity on the finish. This wine is just starting to come into its own and I expect further complexity and refinement in the future.

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2010 Rhys Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard

Anderson Valley more

6/28/2015 - domco wrote: NR

Right from the cellar this was very spicy with out a lot of fruit and I really wasn't enjoying it too much. But with a little air, some soft fruit emerged and balanced that spicy quality out. Feels bigger than the alcohol would indicate. I enjoyed the bottle last year better (more fruit than spice) but with air this is certainly enjoyable.

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2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard

San Mateo County more

6/28/2015 - BobS Does not like this wine: NR

Brett - 4 of last 4

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2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard

San Mateo County more

6/28/2015 - BobS Does not like this wine: NR

Brett again

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2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard

San Mateo County more

6/28/2015 - BobS wrote: NR

Brett - 1st bottle opened, not a good omen....

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Red

2008 Rhys Syrah Skyline Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

6/27/2015 - egh wrote: 89 points

13.5% alcohol. Moderately proportioned, surprisingly juicy on the front end, but showing rather rugged, structured, and gripping on the back end. Offers up a profile of purple fruits along with more savory suggestions of meat, olive, and a whole cluster derived spiciness. First of three bottles; I will likely wait a minimum of 3 years before opening another.

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2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Skyline Vineyard

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6/28/2015 - Stumpy wrote: NR

Did not rate as cork was stained up the side and don't think this was showing its best

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2006 Rhys Pinot Noir Swan Terrace Alpine Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

6/28/2015 - sawira wrote: 94 points

PnP, tasted, then let a large Riedel Burgundy glass half full sit for an hour at cellar temp before tasting over two hours. Very fresh, young, high class black cherry, rhubarb, baby powder, Xmas spice/incense, celery/bright pleasant green notes, slight hint of sassafras/cola nose. The purity of fruit and baby powder/mineral delineation is what makes this really work. Medium bodied with significant lift, very pure primary fruit in balance with other elements - a nice hidden acidity and refreshing green bite hides underneath and provides tension. Sneaky long, persistent, dry silky finish. An austerity and light body that, combined with the balance and structure bodes beautifully for the future. Significant silky buried tannins assert themselves after sipping this for an hour. At the 2.5 hour mark this is even better - subtly candied red fruits appear, in a very clean, precise way. My first Rhys single vineyard, this has been laid down in my cool cellar since release. If this is any indication (and this bottle is from extremely young vines), my guess is Rhys will be the DRC of North American pinot noir in 20 years. Bright fresh lifted precision, silkiness, and balance are its hallmarks. Nothing here clumsy, ponderous or remotely over extracted. A long distance runner, this is just barely showing its potential, and could be amazing in another decade. This tasting inspired my continued patience on my remaining stash. Phenomenal work and huge kudos to the whole team for crafting such a gem. 94-95+pts pure quality, 97+pts personal preference.

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2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard

Anderson Valley more

6/28/2015 - newkid17 Likes this wine: 88 points

Very good wine. Raspberry, cranberry, and tart cherry with a crushed gravel undertone. I opened this 3 hours before consuming. I would think that this still needs a few years of cellaring.

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2006 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

6/27/2015 - Nanda Likes this wine: 92 points

Nearly two years since my last bottle and this hasn't budged much. Full focused nose of black cherry, raspberry and stem-driven herbs. Palate starts lean but gains flesh over 4 hours of steady air. In the mouth flavors echo the nose with an added spice cake kick. Racy acidity keeps it fresh and on a razors edge. Definitely still youthful. On the leaner and elegant side of the spectrum. Will try to save my last bottle for 5ish years and drink this at age 15.

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2010 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

6/26/2015 - Tom Warden Likes this wine: 92 points

Rich and fruity for a Rhys Pinot...very nice.

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2008 Rhys Pinot Noir Swan Terrace Alpine Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

6/22/2015 - cubswinws Likes this wine: 94 points

Drank with grilled halibut. Just a great showing and lovely dark fruit with soft finish. Really nice!

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2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard

San Mateo County more

6/24/2015 - theronware wrote: 91 points

Lots of acid keeps this pinot beautifully lifted. Aromatics of spice, pepper, red fruits, some face-powder/florals. A lacy quality on the palate. A kick of raspberry sherbet on the finish. Lots to enjoy here now.

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2008 Rhys Syrah Horseshoe Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

6/23/2015 - ruchottalex Likes this wine: 89 points

Definitely closed. Reluctant when I popped the bottle, took a good three hours to open up. On the nose it has the old-world Syrah style I hoped for but I'd say the palate wasn't quite there yet - fair amount of acid. Got 2 more bottles, going to sit on them.

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2009 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard

Santa Cruz Mountains more

6/23/2015 - d_chism wrote: 92 points

Big and round. Agree with the lemon curd or even lemon peel acidity. It also has a mouth coating texture that is very nice. Not Diana's style of chardonnay (buttery oakey), but a refreshing change from our usual whites.

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2004 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard

San Mateo County more

6/22/2015 - dzop Does not like this wine: 82 points

Bretty - smells like poop and cola and has the slight fizz of a brett bloom. Dark, sweet, fairly extracted, with a bitter finish that shows some heat. Not for me. Down the drain.

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2010 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard

San Mateo County more

6/21/2015 - kthornton78 wrote: NR

woodsmoke and pepper on the nose when first opened. after an hour in the decanter this was predominantly red-fruited with dry extract and spice supported by good tannic structure.

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2010 Rhys Pinot Noir San Mateo County

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6/21/2015 - MRichman wrote: NR

Pretty with candied fruit, bright, friendly and easy drinking. Not a lot of complexity.

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2011 Rhys Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard

Anderson Valley more

6/20/2015 - diggydan wrote: 91 points

Pretty pinot nose, a little fruit and funk. The palate is cool crunchy fruit with an elegant and soft body. Plenty of acidity on the finish with a spicy and stemmy note. Good wine but not worth the entry price.

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