2006 Rhys - Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Burghound | Rating: 90

(14%) No review available

Drink Dates: 2011+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 32

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

The Rhys 2006 Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard is a structured, now somewhat backward style of Pinot Noir with deep ruby color, notes of spring flowers, black cherries, dusty, loamy soil nuances, and some underbrush. The wine is deep, layered, but also formidably structured for Pinot, with good acidity and high tannins. Give this wine another 2 years of bottle age and watch it evolve over the following decade or more.

Drink Dates: 2010-2020
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 180

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 93
Author: MJM
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 01/20/2011
Drink Dates: 2013-2020
This is a seriously structured wine built for mid to long-term aging. Took 24 hours for the fruit to come forward. Nose is subtle with violets and fresh-cut wood. Palate is loaded with tart, dark berries. There is terrific balance and a log smooth finish...would guess young burgundy blind everytime.

Rating: 92
Author: Edward C731
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/17/2014

Rating: 90
Author: Seaway J
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 03/02/2013
a bit disappointed at the finish. Maybe it needs more time?

Average rating: 87, based on 5 reviews
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1477 bottles owned by 450 collectors.

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About This Producer


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.

Wine Varietal: Pinot Noir


Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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