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2007 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard Hillside

  • 93 WA
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir

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SKU: 297108-2007-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($59; 12.9% alcohol) Saturated red. Explosively perfumed aromas of red and dark berries, graphite, wilted rose and incense. Spicy raspberry and boysenberry flavors reach every corner of the palate, picking up floral pastille, succulent herb and anise qualities with air. Manages to be both powerful and weightless, and boasts excellent finishing clarity and mineral thrust.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2009
  • Burghound | Rating: 93

    While understandably similar to the straight Alpine, there are some differences, in particular that the floral component from the stems is even more apparent and the fruit is ever-so-slightly fresher if not more complex or elegant. The flavor profile itself is also similar but again, there are subtle distinctions such as the slightly better detail and delineation on the mid-palate and the finish displays notably more structure that confers a dusty quality to the sappy finish. This is terrific and should also be capable of aging gracefully for up to a decade.
    Drink Dates: 2015+
    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: 94

    A lovely wine, much more old world in style than new, with plenty of aging left. Very unique for California.
    Author: Scooter
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.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 157 bottles owned
  • 62 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 62 collectors)