2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
Drink between 2013 - 2018 (Edit)
CT90.4 202 reviews
Label borrowed from 2013
Label borrowed from 2013
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Community Tasting Notes 175

  • Charlie Carnes Likes this wine: 89 points

    July 29, 2020 - Very nice dark red and purple fruited, pinot noir. This also has a pretty light brown/clay earth mineral component. It is drinking nicely right now.

  • Tubulus wrote:

    April 18, 2020 - Great nose. Palate did not quite live up.

  • fclarity wrote: 92 points

    February 22, 2020 - This wine had a deep red center and very light red rims. The medium intensity nose generated rhubarb, sour cherry, tan spices, and some mineral notes.

    This wine was a bit disjointed when first poured with some prickly acidity. After 8 hours of decanting, the wine was rich and ripe with a nice texture and substantial (for a pinot) rounded tannin. It had good length.

    This is a nice little pinot that is still a few years away from its ideal drinking zone. I don't think it is going to get a lot better but age could release some additional complexity.

  • Badfish Likes this wine:

    February 1, 2020 - Drinking beautifully with soft earthy red fruit throughout. Complicating notes of baking spice and slate with crisp acidity to balance the dense fruit and tannins. The nose is simply gorgeous with black cherry, boysenberry, violet, and flint. Those notes carry over to the beautifully elegant palate and give this wine a complete and complex profile. I feel this wine is a great indicator of what the single vineyard Rhys Pinots will deliver at maturity.

  • KenK Likes this wine: 93 points

    August 21, 2019 - Wow, this was really rocking tonight vs about a dozen other Rhys Pinots from many sites and vintages. A so called second wine from Rhys, but out shined the majority of the single vineyard wines. Wonderful depth of fruit with beautifully balanced acid and tannin structure with layers of spices and complexity. A bit of a bruiser, but holds it all together so well.

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  • By Allen Meadows
    October 2011, Issue #44 (link)

    (Rhys Vineyards Pinot Noir - Santa Cruz Mountains Villages Red) Subscribe to see review text.


  • By Antonio Galloni
    Exploring California's Central Coast (Aug 2011) (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/28/2011 (link) 91 points

    (Rhys Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains) Barrel sample - dark purple red violet color; big, tart black fruit, tar, menthol, smoke, deep nose; tight, tasty, smoke, charcoal, berry, green herb, green peppercorn palate; medium-plus finish 91-92+ pts. (100% whole cluster; 13.3% alcohol; fruit from Horseshoe and Alpine Vineyards)

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2009
  • Type Red
  • Producer Rhys
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion San Francisco Bay
  • Appellation Santa Cruz Mountains

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 20 (1%)
  • In Cellars 587 (33%)
  • Consumed 1,197 (66%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

chicken, pork

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