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2007 Rhys Pinot Noir Swan Terrace

  • 91 WA
  • 94 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir

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SKU: 251375-2007-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    ($59; 12.5% alcohol) Pale violet color. Drop-dead gorgeous aromas of raspberry, potpourri, Asian spices and minerals, with a strong undercurrent of white pepper and mocha; this smells like a Dujac Echezeaux, from a serious vintage. Sweet red and dark berry flavors display liqueur-like depth, tangy minerality giving the wine verve. The mineral note dominates the long, spicy finish, which echoes the red fruit and floral notes. It's hard to find this level of precision, depth and drive outside the high-rent districts of Chambolle. (JR)
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2009
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    From their vineyard known as the Swan Terrace, there are 150 cases of the Rhys 2007 Pinot Noir Swan Terrace. Again, this has that almost liqueur of mineral characteristic intermixed with red and black fruits and a Musigny-like floral, rocky character to the flavors. Tart, tightly knit, with outstanding weight, the wine is intellectually challenging, but very promising Pinot Noir that looks set for an exceptionally long life.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Burghound | Rating: 94

    No review available
    Drink Dates: 2017+
    Author: Allen Meadows
    Issue: 4th Quarter, 2009
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Producer note: The estate wines of Rhys Vineyards are made from biodynamically farmed fruit and owner Kevin Harvey, viticulturalist Jason Jardine and winemaker Jeff Brinkman, continue to drive the wines to new heights. There are usually varying percentages of destemming but in 2007, there was none. That the wines are of very high quality is evident but what is wonderfully refreshing is that the wines are also unique and original. Simply put, they are unlike any other pinots being crafted in California today. I hasten to point out that this is not because their methods are radically different (there are others who use very high percentages of whole cluster ferments along with natural yeasts). No, the difference is straightforward: it is because Harvey has chosen his vineyard sites with a keen eye and then obsessively developed them with the one goal of obtaining fruit that expresses unerringly the uniqueness of site. Simply put, these are terroir-driven wines par excellence. Moreover, it's worth glancing at the alcohol levels of these wines. 12.3%? For those readers who drink Cali pinot regularly, when was the last time you saw a |12| on the label let alone three wines in a given range? As someone who samples hundreds of examples every year, I can tell you that it's extremely rare yet these wines are phenolically ripe and beautifully balanced. I am excited to see what the Rhys '07s become in 10 years as they are unapologetically built to age. If you're not on the mailing list but enjoy serious and structured but elegant pinot, then I would strongly suggest adding your name to it. I would note that all of these wines benefited substantially from extended airing, which means at least one hour in advance and two would be better - just remember not to let them warm up too much. All five wines were bottled without fining or filtration. For further information, visit: Tasting note: A ripe, pure and airy nose of black cherry and cassis aromas trimmed in obvious floral notes that can also be found on the extremely fresh and energetic, serious and dense flavors that carry an intense minerality over to the robust, powerful and very firmly structured finish that seems to go on and on without end. This stunning effort is a clear candidate for 'wine of the vintage' honors though patience is absolutely required. Tasted: Oct 01, 2009 Score: 94 Drink: 2017+
    Drink Dates: 2017-2017
    Author: Thanos
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

  • 208 bottles owned
  • 82 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 82 collectors)