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Mixed Case Rhys Pinot Noir, Rhys Vineyards 2012

RegionU.S.A.
SubregionCalifornia
ColourRed
TypeStill

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Tasting Notes

***Alpine Vineyard - 94+ points***
The 2012 Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard is one of the more reticent, backward wines in the range today. Firm tannins provide the underlying framework for an impeccable, pure Pinot long on crystalline energy and intensity. The flavors really pulsate here, while expressive floral and savory overtones add an attractive upper register. This is a rare 2012 that is going to need at least a few years in bottle to show at its best. The Alpine was done with 50% whole clusters. 2016-2024

***Bearwallow Vineyard - 94 points***
he 2012 Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard is another wine with great fruit intensity, not unlike the Family Farm, but with darker fruit and more exotic, spiced overtones. Black cherry, plum, cloves, lavender and violets meld together in a radiant, beautifully expressive wine loaded with intensity and pure class. Underlying veins of minerality are present, but they are totally covered by the pure intensity of the fruit. The Bearwallow was vinified with 20% whole clusters. 2016-2024

***Family Farm Vineyard - 93 points***
The 2012 Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard is wonderfully supple and radiant, with the fruit front and center and aromatics more in the background. Silky tannins support a core of dark red stone fruits, spices, new leather and pine. I expect the 2012 will provide a wide and relatively long drinking window of pure pleasure. The 2012 was done with 60% whole clusters, all beautifully integrated, even at this early stage of the game. 2014-2024

***Home Vineyard - 94 points***
Orange rind, graphite, pine, mint and crushed rocks jump from the glass in the 2012 Pinot Noir Home Vineyard. One of the more vibrant, chiseled wines in the range, the Home will benefit from further time in bottle. The translucent, crystalline finish is a thing of beauty. In this vintage, the Home was done with 100% whole clusters. Quite remarkably, the Home Vineyard lies just 400 yards away from Family Farm, separated by the San Andreas Fault, yet the wines from these two sites are completely different. 2016-2024

***Horseshoe Vineyard - 94 points***
Racy and explosive to the core, the 2012 Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard hits the palate with a compelling melange of dark red and black stone fruits, cloves, new leather and menthol. Here the style is all about voluptuousness and texture, two qualities the 2012 has in spades. The Horseshoe was fermented with 20% whole clusters, but they are barely evident given the wine's pure intensity and volume. This full-bodied, exceptionally balanced Pinot from Rhys is striking from start to finish. 2016-2024

***Skyline Vineyard - 95 points***
An utterly magnificent wine, the 2012 Pinot Noir Skyline Vineyard is even more compelling from bottle than it was from barrel. Pine, menthol, dried red cherries and rose petals meld effortlessly into a core of a dark, red-toned fruit as this complex, kaleidoscopic wine shows off its pedigree. The Skyline plays across all dimensions, with expressive, high-toned aromatics and deep layers of fruit supported by insistent structure. Hints of leather, smoke, mint and licorice add nuance on the chiseled finish. This is a magnificent showing from Rhys. The 2012 Skyline was vinified with 100% whole clusters. 2016-2024

93/95
Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, July 2014
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