2011 Rhys Syrah Skyline Vineyard


  • USA
  • California
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Santa Cruz Mountains
Drink between 2017 - 2026 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 13

  • wgmccallum Likes this wine: 93 points

    March 26, 2019 - Nose of smoke, charred game meat, dark plums, and walnuts. Sweet salty fruit on the palate with a dense dry tannic base and a lovely floating acid finish. Fresh, deep, and delicious, balanced. 50 + 17 + 17 + 9 = 93.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • MikeATL Likes this wine: 91 points

    March 19, 2019 - Atlanta Does Rhys Yet Again (Atlas Restaurant, Atlanta, GA): Brambly fruit and a touch of pepper, a good and restrained version of California Syrah, but not in the same class as the Horseshoe.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • rmalloy Likes this wine: 91 points

    March 4, 2018 - Tasted blind -- I guessed this was pinot, and particularly Burgundy. I was fooled by the bright red fruit. I overlooked some of the pepperiness. My GF thought it was too savory to be pinot, and she was right.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • egh Likes this wine: 92 points

    July 26, 2017 - 13.5% alcohol. Controlled ripeness and modestly proportioned with impressive intensity, concentration, balance, length, and complexity. Offers up an aromatic and flavor profile of blue/purple fruits, violets, olive, earthy, and meaty notes. Terrific cool climate syrah expression. Call it 92-93 points.

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

    July 1, 2017 - World class syrah in a nice drinking window.

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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

    (Rhys Vineyards “Skyline Vineyard” Syrah (Santa Cruz Mountains)) Subscribe to see review text.


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

    (Rhys Vineyards Syrah Skyline Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Antonio Galloni
    Santa Cruz Mountains – A Study in Terroir (Jul 2014) (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2011
  • Type Red
  • Producer Rhys
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Skyline Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion San Francisco Bay
  • Appellation Santa Cruz Mountains

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 6 (1%)
  • In Cellars 451 (76%)
  • Consumed 134 (23%)

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