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2011 Rhys - Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / MENDOCINO
  • 90 WA
  • 90 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 366568-2011-1500-3A
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

    A dusty mix of dried herb and savory berry is at the core of this balanced effort. Turns dry, with persistent savory-graphite- crushed rock minerality, lending this a juicy aftertaste. Drink now through 2022.
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    Like in 2012, the 2011 Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard is distinctly different than the Santa Cruz Mountain releases in both its aromatics and texture. Giving up loads of underbrush, juniper berry, lavender, currants and sweet kirsch, it hits the palate with medium-bodied depth and richness, nicely integrated acidity and tannin, and a clean, focused finish that lacks length compared to the 2012. Elegant, upfront, complex and classy, drink it over the coming 4-5 years.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    Vivid red. Strong raspberry and cherry-cola aromas, with suave floral and Asian spices adding complexity. Silky and very fresh, with impressively focused red fruit flavors and a building note of rose pastille. The persistent, gently tannic finish emphatically repeats the red berry and floral notes and lingers with bright, spicy intensity.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2013
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Patrick
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Drink Dates: 2016-2022
    Author: Todd W59
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Dark red, dense yet elegant fruit, very dry. Very Burgundian in its lack of sweetness, and muster smell. Almost more like an Oregon pinot. Than California. Intense, refined, and very strongly perfumed however. Needs time.
    Author: Zarm
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

  • 239 bottles owned
  • 61 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 61 collectors)