Red

2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
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Community Tasting Notes 166

  • Tree512 Likes this wine: 92 points

    September 12, 2020 - Ripe red fruits - very similar to 2005 Gevrey Chambertin with loads of power yet to unfurl with CA density. Has some earthiness on the nose to add complexity. Still has some tannin so I think this will round out but tasty now.

  • Schwarzer Hund Likes this wine:

    June 27, 2020 - Dark ruby red, little aroma upon opening but after an hour in decanter dark berry notes started to appear (2-3 hours airtime probably better), dense dark berry and plum fruit, some spice and mineral, smooth tannins, perfect balance, med-long finish. The first of these that we had tried. This was a terrific bottle and indicates that patience was needed. Will try another bottle in a couple of years.

  • azb Likes this wine: 93 points

    June 25, 2020 - Probably at peak, but I expect to hold well for at least 3-4 more years. Needs decanting.

  • Anonymous wrote: 93 points

    May 28, 2020 - This was fantastic. Accessible, but still has miles to go. Dark fruits, baking spices and underbrush. Grippy, bright and long. Very nice intensity, yet not too heavy. Good future here.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Burgundy Al wrote: 90 points

    May 27, 2020 - Rhys Alpine Virtual Tasting (Planet Earth): In vertical. I found the 2009 and 2010 to be very similar, both rich and ripe with lots of density, just finishing a tad warm.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
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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)

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

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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 1,438 (53%)
  • Consumed 1,241 (46%)

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