2009 Rhys - Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard 1.5L

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2009 Rhys - Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard
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International Wine Cellar | 93

Bright red. Perfumed aromas of raspberry preserves, Asian spices and rose oil, along with a hint of mocha. Sappy, penetrating and fresh, with juicy red berry and cherry flavors, silky texture and a late kick of spices. Open-knit and very easy to drink, finishing with impressive clarity and lingering red fruit notes.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 156

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Wine Advocate | 94

The 2009 Pinot Noir Family Farm is one of the more delicate, ethereal wines in the lineup. Fermentation with 100% whole clusters gives the Family Farm a distinctly floral bouquet and graceful fruit. It is an impeccably elegant wine from start to finish.

Drink Dates: 2014-2019
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 196

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Score: 88
Author: EJS
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 11/07/2014
Score: 93
Author: Patrick
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 02/16/2014
Just delicious, raspberry and red fruit, medium body, some spice trying to get thru, refreshing
Score: 94
Author: David Li
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/05/2012
More Vintages and Sizes of Rhys - Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard:

2012 (750ml)
2010 (1.5L)
2008 (1.5L)
2008 (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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