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2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Skyline Vineyard

abv 12.8%
  • 94 WA
  • 95 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir

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SKU: 313361-2012-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    (made entirely with whole clusters; 12.8% alcohol): Bright ruby. Flamboyant aromas of candied dark berries, incense and Asian spices, with a zesty mineral quality adding lift and vivacity. Stains the palate with energetic black raspberry and boysenberry flavors and picks up an exotic blood orange nuance with air. Pure, focused and spicy on the finish, firmed by silky, slow-building tannins. The power and flavor depth of this strikingly concentrated but lithe wine belie its low alcohol content.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2014
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

    Made with 100% whole clusters in 2012, the 2012 Pinot Noir Skyline Vineyard offers lots of raspberry and kirsch-like nuances intermixed with plenty of mulled spices, dried flowers and crushed rock-like minerality. On the palate it's supple, medium to full-bodied and gorgeously textured, with integrated acidity, a solid core of sweet fruit through the mid-palate, and outstanding length on the finish. Already approachable, this elegant, seamless Pinot Noir will still benefit from short-term cellaring and have 10-15 years of overall longevity.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
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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

    • 77 bottles owned
    • 31 collectors