Wine Advocate | Rating: 96A drop-dead gorgeous wine, the 2010 Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard boasts stunning richness, depth and power. Juicy dark berries, wild flowers, licorice, tar, smoke and game emerge from the glass. The balance of aromatics, fruit and structure is simply fabulous. Fans of the Rhys wines will flip over the Family Farm in 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2022.Author: Antonio Galloni
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93Deep ruby. Intensely floral aromas of spicy red fruits and game, with a smoky topnote. Deeper bitter cherry and black raspberry flavors are complicated by anise and cola and gently firmed by fine-grained tannins. Impressively balanced pinot with appealing finishing sweetness and excellent spicy persistence.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: May/June 2012
Wine Spectator | Rating: 88Offers a distinctive loamy earth and crushed rock base, with dried berry, herb and savory notes. Well-proportioned and sure to improve, ending with a juicy texture.Author: James Laube
Burghound | Rating: 89There is substantial wood showing and the dark berry fruit and violet aromas are almost overwhelmed. The wood is also present on the delicious, round and solidly well-concentrated medium-bodied flavors that possess good punch and a seductive mouth feel, all wrapped in a persistent finish where the wood rounds off and slightly sweetens it. There is very good material here and thus it's entirely possible that the wood will be successfully integrated in time but at the moment it is too much for my preference.Author: Allen Meadows
Self | Rating: 94Author: tiberite
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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Collector Data For This Wine
- 273 bottles owned
- 80 collectors
- Average collector rating: 94
(Out of 80 collectors)