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2011 Rhys Syrah Skyline Vineyard

  • 93 WA
  • 88 WS
  • 91 IWC
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SKU: 366567-2011-750

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    Sporting a classic, cool-climate bouquet of blackberry, black raspberry, wood smoke, olive tapenade and gamy meats, with an almost Cornas-like bloodiness, the 2011 Syrah Skyline Vineyard hits the palate with a medium-bodied, supple, rounded, yet beautifully balanced profile. Nicely concentrated, with good mid-palate density, it has sweet tannin, integrated acidity and surprising persistence on the finish. It's drinking beautifully now, but I've no doubts it will evolve nicely over the coming decade.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

    The attractive plum and raspberry notes have a peppery, floral edge, picking up a pleasant meatiness midpalate and gliding along on the finish. Ends with moderate tannins and good length. Drink now through 2025.
    Author: James Laube
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    Iron, red stone fruits, mint, leather and game meld together in the 2011 Syrah Skyline Vineyard. A powerful, intense Syrah with distinctly ferrous overtones, the 2011 Skyline boasts terrific balance and plenty of personality, especially within the context of the year. The 2011 was done entirely in neutral oak with 100% whole clusters. Sadly, 2012 will be the last vintage of Syrah in the Skyline Vineyard, as the plants have been ripped out in favor of Pinot Noir. - Antonio Galloni
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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

    • 48 bottles owned
    • 23 collectors