Red

2013 Rhys Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • California
  • North Coast
  • Anderson Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 77

  • Frank Murray III wrote:

    November 10, 2019 - Rhys @ My Place--Part 4 (My House): Bottle was opened yesterday for our Rhys event. Retasting 24 hrs later for this note, the bottle sat open overnight with just the cork as closure. Tasting at room temp of 70f. Today this drinks as smooth, polished, spicy and generous. It does remind me too of the bottle I opened and posted on back in July, which showed a mix of spices, like pepper and cinnamon. This bottle is consistent with that, too. The spicy note is present in the aromatic, as well as within the fruit showing in the palate. Red apple, dark strawberry, herb, rosemary, cinnamon and spicy finish with some citrusy acids. What I enjoy here is the mix of polished fruit and spicy influences. FWIW, the listed ABV is 13.0% so I'm coming at this from the perspective that the cool spicy notes is the Bear plot, not anything related to alcohol. If the spicy and citrusy notes weren't here, I'd say this is a drink now wine but I do think this wine can age, or be enjoyed now, too.

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

    October 23, 2019 - So it would seem I need to take a hard look at and reconsider my Rhys skepticism for all these years. This was a dead ringer for Dujac. Beautiful stem/whole cluster aromas—sweet cinnamon mingling with a rich yet fresh red fruit. Cooling acidity balances the fruit. It’s opulent and balanced all at once. Really very convincing stuff, even for the tarrif. In the past I’ve tended to feel the Rhys wines had too much cola to them. Not so here.

    5 people found this helpful Comment
  • GoBlue2002 Likes this wine: 94 points

    October 22, 2019 - 375 ml, consumed by wife.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Deux Chevaux wrote:

    October 19, 2019 - 15 months after the prior, and our last. Oldwine’s note made me curious to open this. Happily, we found it distinctively savory, this time with a hint of Earl Gray tea, and quite enjoyable over three nights.

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

    October 13, 2019 - Decanted at 5pm and tasted through the evening. Light to medium ruby. Nose is fruity with red berries dominating a slightly reticent bouquet that shows a little florals as well. Palate is more raspberry and cranberry. Low tannin and medium acidity. Moderately long finish. This was much more fruit forward than the Santa Cruz Mtn bottling from the same vintage. While I like it and it is very pleasant it’s not what I would call impressive. On the margin, I was a bit disappointed and had hoped for more. I would suggest drinking before its 12th birthday...i.e. over the next 4-6 years.

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  • By John Gilman
    Jul/Aug 2019, Issue #82, New Releases and Old Favorites From America’s Old School and Neo-Classicists

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  • By John Gilman
    Jul/Aug 2015, Issue #58, The Summer of 2015’s Fine Assortment of Traditionalist and Neo-Classical American Wines

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    Santa Cruz Mountains: Scaling the Heights (Jul 2015), 7/1/2015 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
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    Santa Cruz Mountains – A Study in Terroir (Jul 2014), 10/15/2014 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2013
  • Type Red
  • Producer Rhys
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Bearwallow Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion North Coast
  • Appellation Anderson Valley

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  • Pending Delivery 64 (2%)
  • In Cellars 2,384 (70%)
  • Consumed 957 (28%)

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