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2007 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SAN FRANCISCO BAY
  • 93 WA
  • 91 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 173685-2007-750-3A

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    ($49) Deep red. Youthful cherry and dark berry skin aromas slowly pick up anise, cola and dried rose nuances. Firm, refreshingly bitter cherry and blackcurrant flavors are framed by dusty tannins and pick up a tangy mineral note with air. The tannins add grip to the very long, chewy finish. Give this at least an hour of decanting or a few more years in the cellar. There's a Nuits-Saint-Georges-like austerity and structure to this wine that's pretty intriguing.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2009
  • Burghound | Rating: 92

    or held for another 7 to 8 years first.
    Author: Allen Meadows
    Issue: 4th Quarter, 2009
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    With aeration, the firm, structured 2007 Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard (a 10-acre site planted at a 1,400 foot elevation) offers up notions of sweet and sour cherries, earth, and forest floor. Medium to full-bodied and pure, with good acidity and texture, this impressive Pinot will benefit from several years of aging. One-hundred percent whole clusters were used in its upbringing.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 92

    92 points, Burghound October 2009 A ripe and distinctly floral nose that reveals light spice notes to the plum and dark berry fruit aromas that precede very rich, round and substantial flavors blessed with excellent dry extract that buffers the firm structural elements on the delicious, mouth coating and very serious finish. It's clear that the phenolics are completely mature and as such, this could be drunk now with pleasure (be sure to let it air for an hour first) or held for another 7 to 8 years. 93 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate February 2010 With aeration, the firm, structured 2007 Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard (a 10-acre site planted at a 1,400 foot elevation) offers up notions of sweet and sour cherries, earth, and forest floor. Medium to full-bodied and pure, with good acidity and texture, this impressive Pinot will benefit from several years of aging. One-hundred percent whole clusters were used in its upbringing.
    Drink Dates: 2011-2020
    Author: RKSIllini
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Fragrant with an array of cherries and raspberries. Structure and balance with rich tones of earth, wild mushroom, spice and plums.
    Author: Bacchus2000
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Juicy dark fruits with lots of structure; tannins still quite evident. This wine gets better in next year or two.
    Drink Dates: 2016-2022
    Author: Todd W59
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.

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 612 bottles owned
  • 137 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 137 collectors)