2006 Rhys - Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard 750ml

USA - California - Santa Cruz Mountains/ Red / Pinot Noir
2006 Rhys - Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard

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Burghound | 90

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Drink Dates: 2011+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 32

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Wine Advocate | 90

The Rhys 2006 Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard is a structured, now somewhat backward style of Pinot Noir with deep ruby color, notes of spring flowers, black cherries, dusty, loamy soil nuances, and some underbrush. The wine is deep, layered, but also formidably structured for Pinot, with good acidity and high tannins. Give this wine another 2 years of bottle age and watch it evolve over the following decade or more.

Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 180

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Score: 92
Author: Edward C731
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/17/2014
Score: 90
Author: Seaway J
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 03/02/2013
a bit disappointed at the finish. Maybe it needs more time?
Score: 93
Author: MJM
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 01/20/2011
Drink Dates: 2013-2020
This is a seriously structured wine built for mid to long-term aging. Took 24 hours for the fruit to come forward. Nose is subtle with violets and fresh-cut wood. Palate is loaded with tart, dark berries. There is terrific balance and a log smooth finish...would guess young burgundy blind everytime.
More Vintages and Sizes of Rhys - Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard:

2011 (750ml)
2010 (750ml)
2009 (1.5L)
2009 (750ml)
2008 (1.5L)
2008 (750ml)
2007 (750ml)

About This Producer


Chiseled deep into a Santa Cruz Mountain hillside with such vast and echoing chambers that it's lovingly termed "the rebel base," Rhys Vineyards and its visionary owner are on a mission. It all started for Kevin Harvey, a Silicon Valley software entrepreneur with a Burgundy obsession, in 1995 when he planted a small Pinot Noir vineyard in his backyard, and has transformed into a quest to uncover the mysteries of his un-glorified appellation's geography and achieve world-class Pinot Noir.

From his first garage wine, Harvey was struck with minerality that reminded him more of Burgundy than any domestic Pinot. So, using ambitious, biodynamic farming of tightly-spaced, high elevation, cool climate vineyards planted in specific sites in the Santa Cruz Mountains with shallow, rocky soils, preferably on hillsides, he set out to make the most mineral-driven, terroir-focused domestic Pinot. The results have garnered overwhelming praise from the entire spectrum of critical review. From Robert Parker to Allen Meadows, it's hard to find anyone who isn't impressed with this passionate operation producing perhaps the best New World Pinot anywhere.

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