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2010 Rhys Pinot Noir Home Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / SAN FRANCISCO BAY
  • 95 WA
  • 87 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 173687-2010-750

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  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 87

    Aromas of anise and gravel pit lend this a distinctive scent and texture. Offers dried berry, sage and cedary notes. Very tight and clipped on the finish. In need of cellaring or aeration.
    Author: James Laube
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    Bright ruby. Seductive aromas of black raspberry, minerals and potpourri. Silky and focused, with sweet dark berry flavors buffered by zesty acidity. Impressively dense and quite concentrated but comes off lithe and fat-free. Finishes long and sappy, with resonating floral and Asian spice qualities.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2012
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The more powerful side of the Santa Cruz Mountains comes through in the 2010 Pinot Noir Home Vineyard. Massive, incisive tannins frame black fruit, savory herbs and tar, in a sort of California version of Bonnes-Mares, with vertical tannins and great overall balance. I suppose the 2010 Home might lack just a touch of finesse, but it makes up for that with its compelling and deeply expressive personality. This is the first vintage that includes predominantly young vines from a recent replanting. It will be interesting to see how this site responds in future vintages, but I have to think the direction is pretty clear.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Burghound | Rating: 92

    There is a distinct floral character to the ripe and discreetly spicy black cherry and cassis suffused nose. There is fine concentration to the generous, round and relatively large-scaled flavors that possess buried but firm tannins that become more apparent on the impressively persistent finish that delivers excellent depth. I like the balance as well as the delivery.
    Author: Allen Meadows
  • Self | Rating: 94

    High toned red fruits, baking spice, hints of full stem, really great
    Author: Patrick
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

  • 133 bottles owned
  • 55 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 55 collectors)