Red

2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
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Community Tasting Notes 174

  • Charlie Carnes Likes this wine:

    October 13, 2021 - This is super tasty tonight. It’s pretty dark and saturated in color, with dark fruit but with light body. It has dark earth and strong earth mineral traits. It’s quite crunchy, if I can borrow the term… I really liked it!

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • jbaron wrote: 94 points

    October 1, 2021 - The slight reticence that this wine exhibits in the nose is more than compensated for by the velvet, liquid mouth and the incredible length.

    Didn’t need any decanting.

  • grafstrb wrote: 89 points

    March 18, 2021 - -- decanted 1.5 hours before initial taste --
    -- tasted non-blind over 2 - 3 hours --

    NOSE: high-toned; dark red fruits; a bit earthy; now some tertiary aspects, too.

    BODY: slight bricking throughout; dark ruby color; medium-light bodied.

    TASTE: medium to medium+ strength note of sweet oak; red-fruited; a touch bitter; hint of stony mineral; seems to be thinning out. Drink Now.

    50, 5, 12, 15, 7 = 89

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • dbermanmd wrote: 93 points

    February 14, 2021 - Amazing wine.
    Great nose.
    Delicious fruit.
    Strong backbone.
    Drinking perfectly now, and no doubt for years to come.
    Enjoy.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Jon Mills Likes this wine: 94 points

    December 30, 2020 - Great Pinot. Lovely balance. Drinking beautifully.

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

    (Rhys Vineyards Pinot Noir - Alpine Vineyard Villages Red) Subscribe to see review text.

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

    (Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By John Gilman
    May/Jun 2011, Issue #33, Recently Tasted California Wines The Search for Traditionalists Turns Up A Crowd

    (Rhys Vineyards “Alpine Vineyard” Pinot Noir (Santa Cruz Mountains)) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    May/June 2011, IWC Issue #156 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    7/19/2012 (link) 94 points

    (Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard) Group's #1, my #1, 37 pts - medium dark ruby color; appealing, tart cherry, tart black cherry, violets, vanilla nose; tasty, complex, poised, tart cherry, tart raspberry, mineral, nutmeg palate with a gunpowder note; needs 2-3 years; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    1/28/2011 (link) 92 points

    (Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard) Barrel sample - very dark purple red violet color; big raspberry, baked raspberry, sweet black fruit, plum nose with a touch of green herb; tight, creamy textured, greenish, gunpowder, ripe plum palate; medium-plus finish 92-94 pts. (100% whole cluster; 13.1% alcohol)

Wine Definition

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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 12 (0%)
  • In Cellars 1,354 (50%)
  • Consumed 1,357 (50%)

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