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2008 Rhys - Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / MENDOCINO
  • 87 WA
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 366568-2008-750-0
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($49) Deep, bright red. Deep aromas of black raspberry, candied licorice and flowers, with a mineral topnote. Suave on entry, then firm and bright in the middle, with a restrained sweetness to the flavors of red and dark berries and floral pastilles. Finishes with good breadth and length and fine-grained tannins. A late note of smoky minerality adds verve.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2010
  • Burghound | Rating: 93

    A deft, indeed almost invisible, touch of wood sets off even more complex aromas of spicy red pinot fruit and warm earth nuances that also suffuse the concentrated, intense and powerful big-bodied flavors that are supported by distinctly firm tannins and a much more overt sense of austerity on the strikingly long finish. This is built to age and will probably outlive the Home.
    Author: Allen Meadows
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

    The 2008 Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard (250 cases) is the least impressive of these 2008 Pinots. Clipped, short, tart, and monolithic, it appears to lack the concentration of its siblings.
    Author: Robert Parker
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  • 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

    • 208 bottles owned
    • 71 collectors