Red

2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
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Community Tasting Notes 115

  • Richard P Howden Likes this wine: 91 points

    October 4, 2020 - Nice improvement since last bottle, well balanced and more earth tones on the nose. Still plenty of cherry on the palate.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Justin S wrote: 92 points

    September 25, 2020 - Wonderful nose on PnP. This wine is a bit darker and more mysterious than the more recent and young vintages of Alpine. The fruit is showing early stages of leathery maturity. There is quite a bit of minerality giving some astringency towards the finish. A deep wine that has put on weight. Otherwise silky and fresh, this made me think of the fall season rather than looking back at summer.

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  • Frank Murray III wrote:

    September 21, 2020 - Last time we had a bottle of this was just before COVID started. That bottle we finished during a Rhys event at my place, but the bottle here has had the benefit of being open a full day, with the final glass being used for this note. Oddly, I don't have any whole cluster info on this wine from past bottles but I think in 2012 this must have been close to full inclusion. It shows the stuffing of the 2012 vintage, with plenty of fruit pushing through the core of the wine. Like with the bottle earlier this year, the watermelon does come through but it's a supporting note, as the stuffing and intensity over take the subtler components. The stems do influence the palate, adding a spicy, herbal quality to the rich, red fruits. Tasted at 72f, so perhaps warmer than I would like, but that allows the richness to come forward. Finishes with strawberry, cherry, some cranberry and watermelon and the inflection of the herbal note. Very good, still quite primary and I suspect this will keep on aging as it finds its way forward.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • brigcampbell wrote:

    September 21, 2020 - blind: thought is was a Rhys with a little age, maybe a bearwallow. If not, then older Kutch.

    This was very good. Still dark garnet color, doesn't give the age away, but the palate is picking put something that says "hey, I've been sleep for a bit". Stem note still present, I like it.

  • jgreco Likes this wine: 96 points

    August 10, 2020 - The 2012 Rhys Alpine Vineyard Pinot Noir is exactly what I am looking for in a Rhys wine entering middle aged. Rust reddish-brown in color with a 1/2 cm clear rim. On the nose, there is the high-toned cherry that you get from Alpine Vineyard, but it is gracefully fading into the background. There is also the pretty floral notes, earth, spices, and some of the whole cluster pepperyness. Deep and layered with smooth tannins. This was initially a little shy on the palate, but it came alive after 2 hours. Drink now and for the next decade.

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    May/June 2014, IWC Issue #174 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    2/2/2014 (link) 93 points

    (Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard) Final blend pre-bottling: black-tinged medium red violet color; aromatic, spice, baked berry, baked cherry, black cherry nose; tasty, rich, complex, tart berry, black cherry, black raspberry, baked berry, violets palate; long finish (13.2% alcohol; 59% new oak) 93+-95+ points

  • By Richard Jennings
    11/3/2013 (link) 91 points

    (Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard) Barrel sample - dark ruby color; appealing, complex, sous bois, cranberry, green herb nose; tasty, tight, ripe cranberry, very tart red fruit, mineral, sous bois palate with medium acidity; needs 3-plus years; medium-plus finish (50% whole cluster, 50% new oak; final barrel blend; 13.25% alcohol) 91-92 points

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • 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

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  • Pending Delivery 55 (1%)
  • In Cellars 2,672 (66%)
  • Consumed 1,301 (32%)

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