Red

2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
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Community Tasting Notes 96

  • WineandSwords Likes this wine: 92 points

    February 1, 2020 - Califonia style, and fairly big. REally good. Liked it a lot. Needs at least a few more years to show its best.

  • Frank Murray III wrote:

    January 12, 2020 - Rhys @ My Place--Part 5 (My House In The South OC): From yesterday's Rhys tasting here at the house, we paired this with the 2012 Horseshoe, both poured blind. The nose had a brown spice kind of thing, like a subtle cinnamon. Juicy, plump, watermelon, raspberry and red fruits. This was excellent, which seemed to be a consistent opinion across the table.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • grafstrb wrote:

    January 11, 2020 - -- I believe this was popped and poured --
    -- tasted single blind over approx. 20 minutes --

    Nose was far more expressive than the '12 Horseshoe Pinot tasted alongside. Deeper-pitched than the '12 Horseshoe, and slightly minty. Light bodied with high acidity on the palate. Savory and red-fruited. 12.9% alc.. Not a total waste to open right now, but seems to have so much more in reserve: Hold. I voted for this over the 2012 Horseshoe as it presented today, and, for my preferences, I believe I'll always prefer the Alpine.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • WetRock wrote:

    January 11, 2020 - Rhys Alpine/Horseshoe Tasting at Frank's (Frank Murray's Casa): Bagged but knew all but which vineyard was in which bag. Darker in color than the 2015's. Earthy nose being somewhat reserved. Shows some apple skin. Tighter palate than the Horseshoe. More monolithic and round. Good grip. Touch of sort of barrel oxidation sort of note as in this is showing some age already even though it comes off as quite tight. Tough to read this one. This one also didn't see a lot of air if memory serves. The Horseshoe was more interesting this round.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • rralls wrote: 92 points

    December 22, 2019 - Really good

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    2/25/2015 (link)

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  • By Allen Meadows
    Jan-15, Issue #57 (link)

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  • By John Gilman
    Jul/Aug 2014, Issue #52, This Summer’s Fine Lineup of Old School and Neo-Classical American Wines

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    May/June 2014, IWC Issue #174 (link)

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    Santa Cruz Mountains – A Study in Terroir (Jul 2014) (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 50 (1%)
  • In Cellars 2,762 (70%)
  • Consumed 1,132 (29%)

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