February 9, 2016 - Decanted 2 hours.
November 19, 2015 - Rhys @ QCH (Quality Chop House, London): A little initial reduction lifts. Very mellow and smooth. Elegant. Some depth. Very harmonious. ****
June 8, 2015 - This is still fresh and primary with a slick and glossy texture, though without the "dialed up to 11" fruit intensity of the Swan Terrace. It was enjoyable right out of the gate and a very tasty drink but right now there isn't much more going on than the pure fruit.
April 6, 2015 - This was what I thought was a 2010 Bearwallow. It is actually the Home...
A beautiful follow to the 2012 MacDugal Ranch from Kutch. This is darker, but still perceptually red fruited and just as delicious. It might be a little deeper and more complex. Awesome wine.
I realize I am out of these already and wish I had a couple to age. Hopefully Kevin and Jeff will release some these later from their library... and forget that I have had a tough time with their 2010 Horseshoe Chardonay on the same night!
February 3, 2015 - clearly Burgundian which is the double edged sword for me, lots of structure and clearly pinot but personally I think I'm just a fruit whore when it comes to pinot. Starting to open more on day 2 and becoming more expressive and hopefully tonight it really struts its stuff
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.