November 14, 2014 - A glorious and educational tasting of Swiss wines (Bern, Switzerland): I brought this as a ringer, and I think it showed well enough. If anything, it was much more at home with the other wines than the Esmonin ringer had been.
October 11, 2014 - Rhys Tasting With The Gang (My House): Tasted with 2010 Family Farm. In this instance, the Home outshined it. For one thing, the Home is less stemmy aromatically and for me what shows instead is a herb note, than the stem signature of the FF. Juicy here, maybe a touch riper than the FF. Also here is a real depth, with stony raspberry and black cherry, with a terrific, leaner styled finish. One of my best WsOTN.
January 7, 2014 - Champagne and Pinot Noir Tasting: Great nose featuring dark fruit and spice. Lighter on the palate than the '09 Swan Terrace, but with good flavor intensity and slightly more nuanced and elegant. Flavors of red fruit and mineral. Great finish.
November 16, 2013 - great wine. dark in color, but translucent. decanted about an hour. nose of darker fruit with spice and floral notes from stem inclusion. with time this developed notes of fresh game - very savory. the palate showed good tannic structure and acid to support the fruit. there is no doubt this was an infant but one with great potential. the complexity and the tension between the fruit and savory components really kept you coming back. look forward to trying my next bottle in 5+...
November 15, 2013 - Tasted at a gathering of friends. Six bottles of California Pinot placed in brown bags and labelled with names of some of the favorite movies. The favorite movies named (not mine, mind you),were Twister, Risky Business, Seven, The Usual Suspects, Moonstruck, and Princess Bride.
Notes are from the blind tasting:
The Rhys Home Vineyard Pinot was "Seven."
Light crimson color. Nose of fresh herbs, some tart apple and cherry. Wine is crunchy, showing the use of whole clusters. Like biting into fresh cranberries. Light on its feet, with good acidity and that tart apple note weaving its way along with fresh cherries and basil. When tasted with food (goat cheese and crackers), the wine took on a more fuller profile than when tasted alone.
November 12, 2013 - Oh so young but oh so much potential. Of all the wines from Rhys that I've had, this one is the one that really needs to lay down for several years to show it's best. I can't fairly give it a score at this point but given enough time I'd say 92-95.
March 2, 2013 - First experience with this wine, this bottle gave a compelling showing. Tasted side by side with the 2010 Rhys, Pinot Noir, "Family Farm", this wine shows slightly more density and structure with a darker fruit profile. The aromatics on this wine tend more toward black cherry combine with a variety of spice notes with some underlying rock and earth notes. Like the "Family Farm" this does require some airing to show its best. Based on this showing, this wine will benefit from a few years of additional bottle age.
April 11, 2012 - Tasting at Rhys; 4/5/2012-4/11/2012 (Rhys Vineyards): Less obvious whole cluster on the nose in this wine, nice dried cherry fruit, excellent structure, drinks quite well even at this youthful stage. Very nice.
April 6, 2012 - April 2012 Rhys Visit--Taste The 2010s (Rhys Estate (At The Winery)): Added to the database so an early look at this wine from bottle, for sure. Listed alc is 12.5% with 100% whole cluster and 15% new wood. Floral and woodsy with a hint of pepper, all of this intending to convey spice. Has such a pure cherry flavor, an intense core of red fruit and acidity, with good minerality showing in the finish. I also found a sour red apple note, too. What I found compelling about this cuvee is despite the low wood and complete stem inclusion, there is simply for me no real stem signature to speak of--amazing. Really a terrific bottle of pinot noir.